“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
- Albert Einstein
For those of us who aren’t brain surgeons, driving is probably the most complex everyday thing we do. It is a skill that consists of at least fifteen hundred “subskills”. At any moment, we are navigating through terrain, scanning our environment for hazards and information, maintaining our position on the road, judging speed, making decisions (about 20 per mile, one study found), evaluating risk, adjusting instruments, anticipating the future actions of others-even as we may be sipping a latte, thinking about last nights episode of American Idol, quieting a toddler, or checking voice mail.
…AND OR reading and writing email, twittering, updating your status on Facebook, dialing and the worst -TEXTING!
Not only you, it is also what our teenage drivers are doing. It has gotten out of hand! The statistics are in, my friends, and they are not good. Quite frankly, I don’t like them anymore than you. Turns out, it is just wrong to use your cell phone in the car. Why? Because it is so dangerous.
A drunk driver has 4x the chance of getting into an accident than a person who has not been drinking.
A driver texting has 8x the chance of an accident. I had no idea.
Reasonable people do reasonable things.
The other day I heard Tim Conway Jr. on KFI pontificate in a frenzy that he feels his, and your civil liberties are being compromised. Your American right to be free is being challenged because it is against the law to talk and text on a cell phone. Does he not know driving is a privilege not a right? Suggesting he is an adult, he says that he can talk and drive just fine. He doesn’t need the government to tell him what to do.
Ohweo ohweeee oh! Ohweo ohweee oh! (This is the mantra of the soldier monkeys as they march for the wicked witch of the West.)
What an irresponsible use of influence. Perpetuating the falsehood that it is safe and our right to use a cell phone while driving for a political agenda is unconscionable. Am I taking crazy pills? WTF?
It is a fact that our brains are not wired to be able to drive, look forward, and still have complete peripheral vision – while at the same time listen on a phone, read, or text and still be safe and responsible as we drive a potential killing machine. This isn’t a judgment call. Don’t be insulted. It is not about whether or not you can multi-task. It is not about whether or not you are a good driver. It doesn’t matter…it is what it is. And what is it? Bad news for all of us that use our phone in the car…including me.
If you think you can call, text and drive at the same time, you cannot. That message you can’t wait to send could kill. Distracted driving is an epidemic that is sweeping through our country, claiming lives and destroying families….No one needs to die today or become paralyzed because you need to use your phone.
80% of car accidents are caused by distracted drivers. It is a fact that cell phone use is the number one distraction. In 2008 almost 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured in crashes related to driver distraction. I can not bury my head in the sand any longer, can you?
- The majority of Americans believe that talking on the phone and texting are two of the most dangerous behaviors that occur behind the wheel. Still, as many as 81% of drivers admit to making phone calls while driving.
- 4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.
- Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
- Talking on a cell phone causes nearly 25% of car accidents.
- In 2002, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis calculated that 2,600 people die each year as a result of using cellphones while driving. They estimated that another 330,000 are injured.
Friday, April 30 is National No Phone Zone Day. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your fellow human beings. Do the right thing.
Reasonable people do reasonable things.