Yesterday while heading to the grocery store I was almost side swiped by a man who was using his cellphone, all because his eyes were elsewhere. Once he realized that he almost plowed right into us he looked up and waved he looked really embarrassed and I hope that this was enough to make him think twice about using a cell phone while driving.
That got me to thinking, how many people use their phones while they should be focused on the road? Since we had a bunch of errands to run that day I decided that while I was at stop lights I would see how many people that passed me in other cars that were on cellphones. Im sad to say that the number of people who were not completely focused on the road was staggering, what was so important that these people needed to take their eyes off of the road?
I will admit there has been times that I have wanted to read an “important” text while driving, or I might have wanted to make a phone call, or look up something while I was driving in traffic, but ultimately I remind myself that it just simply is not worth my life or someone else’s life, period.
Its not just texting or browsing the web though, I have seen people trying to manage driving while holding a cell phone up to their ears and it always makes me wonder why don’t they just use a voice activated device that would dial the number and then connect it to the cars speakers? This made me think of the Decide to Drive program which encourages drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, and even continue the conversation outside of the car (work, play, home) to reduce the distracting behaviors behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012 there were 3,328 and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving driving related car crashes. I feel if more people were aware of these incredible numbers that they might think twice.
The Auto Alliance and the Orthopaedic surgeons (the specialists who put bones and limbs back together after road crashes) want to increase awareness about the risks of driving while distracted. The Orthopaedic surgeons along with automakers would rather help all drivers “decide to drive” each time they get in the car and keep all bones and limbs intact!
We really must remember that no matter how many safety features your car might have, the most advanced feature of any vehicle is the driver. We must keep our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel at all times.
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