Keep your eyes on road, and hands off the phone

In my unending quest to get people to be safer drivers, I couldn’t be happier with the start of yesterday’s cell-phone-talking/driving ban.

I’ve stated my problems with some drivers in this space several times, and now I get my wish of taking those phones out of people’s hands while they’re behind the wheel.

This doesn’t mean that people will become better drivers — some folks just don’t have the skill — but it’s a start.

I’m not a perfect driver, either, but I’d like to think that I’m more safety-conscious than most. And, yes, I’ve driven while talking on the phone, as well, but I’ve done it when I’ve felt I wouldn’t be a burden or danger to other drivers when making turns, switching lanes, etc.

So there, I’ve said it. Let’s hope that everyone gets it, and saves their talking for later.

Torch bearers

What I felt was going to be a simple snap-a-photo-and-leave situation last Thursday morning turned into a big deal.

As you can tell by today’s cover story on the World Harmony Run, I stuck around the Park at Bothell Landing for more than a few minutes to grab a shot.

All the city of Bothell heavy hitters (mayor, city manager, etc.) were on hand to great the runners as they carry the torch across the United States. It was like a mini United Nations gathering, with runners from Scotland, India, Slovakia, Czech Republic and the states visiting with us locals.

We all got to hold the torch and give a quick speech about world harmony.

It was a treat to be involved, and I’m glad I stuck around instead of making a run of my own back to the office.

Health-care talk

We’ve had the LiveARTS at Bothell event, Kenmore’s Burke-Gilman Trail reopening and underpass unveiling.

The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce always has something on tap, as well. There was an open house last month, and next week, Roger Stark, MD, will be addressing “Health Care Today: Problems & Solutions” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at the Courtyard Hall at Country Village.

Check in and networking begins at 11 a.m. For information, visit www.bothellchamber.com.

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