Just this afternoon, a teenager in Brick was on the sidewalk for a stroll on Sally Ike Road when her day almost took a tragic turn. A driver plowed into her, throwing her several feet. Thankfully, a terrible ending was avoided, but it was all due to something that I see way too often on Ocean County's roads.

The driver was allegedly texting while driving.

It's a topic that I've covered before, and a practice that I just can't comprehend still seeing almost every day on our roads.

As I was going to visit family on Sunday, I was near a car on the Parkway that kept drifting from her lane and drastically changing speeds for almost 15 miles. When I finally passed her, I saw that she was looking down at her phone.

When the flow of traffic is going at an average speed of about 70 miles an hour (and, let's be honest, that's a conservative estimate around here), I just can't fathom the thought process that goes into believing that messaging is a good idea on the road.

I actually had a young acquaintance who was a regular texter while driving. When I commented on it, his response was "I've been doing it as long as I've been driving, so I know how to do it safely".

That blew my mind.

That's like saying, "well, I've been drinking and driving for years, so I know how to do it safely".

Thankfully, a tragedy was avoided today in Brick, but it could have ended very differently, with the loss of a young life. And it's something that needs to stop. Now.

Do you see people texting and driving a lot? Where do you see it the most? Comment below and let us know.

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