The news today about the woman watching Netflix while driving, and then crashing, doesn't come as a surprise to me.  We are on the road driving next to these individuals and basically have our fingers crossed hoping that they don't hit us.  Is there anything that the rest of us on the road can really do?  Well, I found out the answer.

Texting and driving is an issue that I will scream about until change happens.  I ranted on Instagram after watching a driver swerve all over a very congested I-90 last week.  This isn't the first time I've gotten irritated with drivers texting while on the road though.  I've shared license plate numbers and called the cops on many drivers, including companies that have drivers behaving irresponsibly in their company vehicles and commercial trucks.

One I will never forget is a woman that was driving on Hwy 52, over by 41st Street NW.  She was going the speed limit, give or take a few mph as she looked up and down from her phone.  Many times though, she was in my lane, her own lane, and even on the shoulder.  I honked at her, held up my phone and mouthed "put it away" and she flipped me off and sped away.

When it comes to distracted driving and we see it while we are out on the road, what can we really do?  I decided to go straight to the source and asked the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office today what they recommend.  Here is their answer:

If someone sees a driver swerving whether it is from impaired driving or distracted driving, it is our hope that someone would safely call 911 to report the driver. A hands-free call would be preferred.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office also stated on their Facebook page, "We are always asking for people to put their phones away when driving... iPads, tablets, Laptops, etc. should also be put away when behind the wheel. Don't watch shows/movies and drive.  Please take the responsibility of driving seriously."

If you see texting and driving, or people watching Netflix and driving, call 911 and report the license plate number and your current location.  You might just save a life.

You can find more about this story at the Minnesota State Patrol Facebook page.

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