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Texting driver almost kills workmen on side of road.

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James E. Ballidis
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Irvine Police Department causes traffic snafu near UC Irvine campus.  

On February 10th, 2010 I was driving into work on Campus Avenue in Newport Beach. As I approached my intersection to turn right, I could see a car ahead of me with the driver obviously distracted. At the time I could not see what was distracting the driver but the driver was weaving within her own lane, driving erratically slow, and it was obvious she was either lost or on the phone. 
Unfortunately, as we approached the intersection of Von Karmen in Newport Beach there was construction ahead. The area was coned with large, orange cones and two workers were in a trench that divided the right turn lane from the thru lane where the distracted driver was weaving.

As her car approached, it began to veer toward the cones on the right. Afraid for the safety of the men in the trench, I honked.  She looked up and steered back into her lane.  Had I not notified her, she would have driven right into the large trench and probably killed one of the workers.  As I moved up along side her at the light, I noticed she had her cell phone in her hand. Unbelievably she was still texting as she brought her car to a stop. 

Texting is a dangerous prospect anytime driving in the car.  I hope this lady does not kill anyone when she has to learn her lesson.

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