Broward School District: Parents on Cell Phones Are Driving Like Morons Around Kids
If you drop off your kid for school and drive away with the kid's backpack stuck in the door and don't notice you're dragging your kid along the street because you're too busy texting, it's probably time to put down the iPhone.
Apparently in the Broward County School District, this kind of stuff is happening all the time.
"We're [sic] seen an increase in incidents in the parent driveways because parents are busy on the cellphone," Jerry Graziose -- Broward County School District's safety director -- tells the Sun-Sentinel. "We've had them hit their own children. We never had accidents in the parent driveways until recently."
The district has put up signs not to talk on their phones or text while they're dropping off their kids at school, but the Sentinel says parents are still finding ways to unknowingly nail kids with their cars:
Parents driving off before students are completely out of the car.
Students' backpacks and jackets getting caught on vehicles as unsuspecting parents drive away.
School personnel and crossing guards blowing whistles and banging on car windows to get drivers' attention.
Welcome to the school car loop in the age of the cellphone.
Florida is one of only 18 states without any texting-or-calling-while-driving laws, and state bills banning cell-phone use in school zones have died three years straight.
Yet for some reason, Palm Beach County schools haven't had the same problem.
In Boca Raton, Addison Mizner Elementary School Principal Donna Binninger told the paper she doesn't remember any idiot parents hitting or dragging kids with their cars while they're on cell phones.
If you need another reason not to text while driving, check out the video below:
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