Posted by: Stephan Muller | October 6, 2010

The Text can Wait

I apologize for not blogging in the past couple of weeks. My school work has been getting the better of me. However, in all that time, I stumbled upon several topics that I want to include in this blog, and they will be posted in the near future.

The subject that caught my attention most was the issue of texting and calling while driving. To blow your mind immediately, here are some disturbing facts. at ANY point throughout the day, at ANY GIVEN MOMENT, over 800,000 Americans are either texting or calling while driving (2008).

– 56% of teenagers admit they have talked on the phone while driving.
-48% of teenagers between 12-17 admit they have been in a car where the driver was busy using their phone while they were in the car.
-Texting or calling while driving is equivalent to consuming 4 alcoholic beverages (or shots).
-The reaction time  of a teenager texting or calling while driving becomes that of a 75 year old.

The consequences?

28% of all automobile accidents are caused by cellphone use while driving. 88% of ALL car accidents are the result of a distracted driver, whether that be changing the radio station, consuming alcohol or taking care of your crying baby in the back seat. 6,000 people lost their lives last year because of people who felt the need to use their cellphones in their car. And an astonishing 330,000 people got injured.

When calling or texting while driving, you are 3 times more likely to be in an accident than a non-distracted driver. Think about the people in your car, or the car in front, behind or to your side. You put their lives at risk simply because you felt the need to text or call someone. The text can wait.

I would like to share an example that will hopefully persuade you to put your phone down. No need for an explanation, because this video speaks for itself.

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/A-Mothers-Message-About-Driving-and-Cell-Phone-No-Phone-Zone-Video

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