Tonight on his Rock Center newsmagazine program, Brian Williams spends two full segments examining the plague of distracted driving crashes. They tell the painstaking story of Dave Muslovski, who was killed by 19-year-old Whitney Yaeger. Yaeger was texting while driving and therefore didn’t see Muslovski jogging down the road in Youngstown, Ohio.
Not surprisingly, Yaeger received only 45 days in jail. But what is surprising is the coverage on Rock Center, which lamented the lack of consequences for distracted driving deaths. Through this story, NBC calls for action the likes of which has not been seen outside the realm of activists and blogs.
Is this the beginning of a new trend? Will we finally see drivers saddled with real responsibility to not kill people? It’s probably still too early, but consider this a major step in the right direction.
After all, the opening segment on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle made no mention of the role active transportation might play in prolonging our lives…