At least pull over before dealing with them! (This is assuming teaching them to behave in the car hasn’t taken hold yet.)
Mother, toddler survive ‘horrible’ crash
A woman and her small child escaped injury Thursday night, after the mother drove a vehicle over a 200-foot embankment.
According to Officer Martin Abshire from the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on the on-ramp to southbound U.S. Highway 101 from Fernbridge.
“The mother turned back to attend to the child, who was fussing, and because she was looking back and reaching back at 60 miles an hour, and because she was not paying attention to her driving, she moved to the right and went off the road, overturning many, many times,” Abshire said.
But the motorists were “virtually uninjured,” Abshire said, thanks to seat belts and a properly secured, high-quality child safety seat.
The vehicle could not be recovered from the road, and was instead retrieved from the bottom of the cliff.
Abshire said, “This was a horrible, tragic accident, but because people were wearing their seat belts and in child safety seats, they walked away uninjured.”
Bicyclist receives moderate injuries after collision with automobile
The 28-year-old driver of a 2001 Hyundai, Eureka resident Amber Cessna, collided with 22-year-old Arcata resident David Suttle as he was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 101 north of Loleta Drive on Monday, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. “Cessna said she was attending to her two small children in the back seat and was not paying attention to her driving,” the release stated. She swerved onto the shoulder of the highway and collided with Suttle, according to witness statements. Suttle received moderate injuries and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.
Sheesh! In all fairness, I once turned left on Fifth Street from I Street, which put me the wrong-way on a one-way street, because I was yelling at the kids to stop arguing. Fortunately, no one was hurt and I was able to turn off quickly. But yeah, people in charge of the car should really make driving the number one priority over kids, phone, music, whatever.