Make sure your foot’s on the brake

Shawn Magrath

According to the Washington Post, 67 million people tuned into the first of three presidential debates this week, some I’m sure donning their foam fingers, bowl of Doritos and beer-helmet to cheer on their candidate of choice. In a long list of statistics showing how many people chose to watch the debate on major networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC and CNN, the Post shows that roughly 10.4 million people chose to watch the debate on FOX (which just three days prior aired the series premiers of “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers”). That’s more that CNN’s 6.1 million viewers and MSNBC’s 3.9 million. Personally, I find it ironic that a television station that can air two consecutive hours fart joke comedy on Sunday can pull in more viewers for a serious presidential debate than legitimate news channels on Wednesday. It says a lot about cable news networks, doesn’t it?

If the political scene is beginning to bore you as much it is me, there are other things happening besides the presidential race (despite what you see on cable news networks). Here’s a fun story: In Florida, the U.S. Postal Service is taking steps to promote alertness and caution among drivers after a car slammed into the side of a Post Office in Punta Gorda, Fla. It’s the eighth Post Office in the Central Florida region to have a vehicle crash into it just this year. If this story doesn’t seem plausible to you, you might have missed the key word, “Florida.”

To avoid such incidents, the USPS is kindly asking that Florida motorists stop driving into Post Offices with a driver “to do” list before pulling away:

• Avoid distracted driving
• Proceed slowly and carefully when pulling in and backing out of parking spaces:
• Visibly check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal
• Visibly check to see if the vehicle is in park, reverse or drive

Some comments just go without saying.