Distracted driving costs two motorcyclists’ leg

This New Jersey couple had more than a few things in common.  Since September 2009, they now share something they may wish they didn’t: they both lost their left leg because of a distracted driver.

Linda and Dave Kubert were hit by an 18 year old driver while riding their motorcycle on the roads of New Jersey.  It seems the young driver was more focused on his phone than at the road.

“His head was down … I said (to Linda) ‘We’re gonna get hit,’” Dave recalled.

Rescue teams were quick to arrive on the scene of the crash.  It was enough to save their lives, but each of them had their left leg amputated because of the impact.

Since then, they have been doing intense physical therapy five days a week to learn how to cope with their new life.   More importantly, they have put their energy in fighting distracted driving.  Helped by some local union and Dave’s employer, Verizon, they are hoping lawmakers will come up with tougher laws on distracted driving.  One of their supported bills would make distracted driving as serious as DUI.

“Maybe people will think twice before picking up the cell phone if they know they could be fined, lose their license or go to jail,” said Dave.

The driver has received only three tickets for the incident.

The Kuberts hope their experience will make people more conscious of the dangers that distracted driving represent.

“All it takes is a split second and you can basically ruin someone’s life,” said Dave Kubert.

Source:  NBC New York, March 26, 2010

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