Texting while driving, as we know, is a dangerous and sometimes fatal activity in itself. A good amount of drivers think they have mastered the art of texting with one hand, freeing up the other to control the wheel. But regardless of how many hands you use to text, you should put your phone away while driving. This is obviously a fact that 19-year-old Deandre Moore paid little mind to.
On Tuesday, Moore was pulled over for veering in and out of traffic in a Mobile, Alabama tunnel. He admitted to law enforcement that he had been driving with his knees – because he had been using both of his hands to text. Not only had Moore been texting and driving, he was found to be in illegal possession of Xanax as well as the painkiller oxycodone, which is considered to be a drug that is at high-risk for abuse. Over 386 oxycodone pills were recovered. There were four other people in the vehicle with Moore, including a 3-year-old child.
Moore was not only putting his life and his passenger’s lives in grave danger with his reckless, negligent driving, but everyone else on the road with him was at risk. In 2011, 1.3 million auto collisions involved the use of mobile phones. Additionally, while it was not reported whether Moore was under the influence of Xanax or oxycodone, it can be extremely dangerous to drive after taking either, as their side effects can include hindrances such as dizziness, fatigue, nausea and lightheadedness.
If you are ever prescribed a prescription drug, make sure you know and understand any and all of its possible side effects. If you are in doubt over whether you should drive or not, you shouldn’t. Use good judgment and do not operate any heavy machinery, including vehicles, unless you know that it is safe for you to do so. And, as always, we remind you to please refrain from texting and driving.