Drugs? No. Alcohol? No. Food? No.
Cell phone use while driving? Yes!
I want to preface this blog with the following statement: I’m not doing this blog to sound preachy. I had an “aha” moment while watching today’s episode on Oprah and I couldn’t sleep tonight unless I got this blog posted and sent to my family and friends who I care for and love.
I’m one of those people that drive approximately 20 or so miles to work and then back home and I promise you that most of those 20 or so miles are occupied with me being on my cell phone in one capacity or another. I’ve been known to check my email accounts, update Facebook, update Twitter, text and then talk on the phone all while sitting in rush hour traffic or going up to 60-65 miles per hour. Am I alone? Nope, I know that I’m not alone and I bet that most of you do this as well.
While watching the Oprah episode on these mobile distractions I learned some VERY scary statistics:
~ Half a million people are injured and 6,000 are killed every year due to cell phone distractions such as texting and talking on the phone while driving.
Scared yet? Just keep reading.
~When talking on your cell phone you are 4 x as likely to be involved with a crash but when you are texting you are 8 x as likely to be in a crash. 8 TIMES!
Here is the scary part, according to the experts on the show, people that are drunk are 4 x as likely to be in a crash. So that means that people texting are more of a danger than those who are drunk.
Hopefully that really catches your attention because it certainly caught mine.
I have been involved in a car accident while I was on the phone and I know it was my fault and I know that my cell phone distraction was a main contributor to why I was in that accident. I was lucky! I was going up an off ramp and looked up with enough time to slam the brakes and hardly bump into the car in front of me that was stopped at the red light. This really was avoidable and that is the point – accidents that involve texting and cell phone use are 100% avoidable. Did you read that? 100% avoidable!
Here is my pledge, I’m going on to Oprah.com and I’m taking the pledge to help do my part to put an end to distracted driving. I’m going to stop texting while driving, DONE, no more! Also, I’m going to do my best to stop talking while on the road, I’m going to keep this at a true minimum. Hey, I’m not perfect and I know this is a habit I’m going to have to work on. I hope that each person that is in the car with me reminds me of this if I ever slip (Jami you are the best person when it comes to reminders).
I hope you pass this around to your friends and family and take a second to think about using your cell phone the next time you are in the car.