Television should not encourage unsafe driving.

The scene is a common one. Two characters are in the front seat of a car, with the background flashing behind them. Although the scene may be about getting them from point A to point B, it is really about the conversation. The driver frequently looks at the passenger, and sometimes these looks last three or more seconds. This is unsafe.

It isn’t good drama for the driver never to look at the person he is talking to, but it is good driving. A lot can happen in three seconds, and the idea that a driver takes his eyes off the road for that long is upsetting.

People have already persuaded the entertainment industry that people in cars should use safety belts. Someone should persuade them that drivers should concentrate on their driving.


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