Please help support the Miami-Dade Expressway in their effort to stop people from texting and driving. Their website The Last Word features a 4-minute video depicting the consequences of texting while driving.
“The next time you’re driving and hear that text come through, before you reach for your phone, stop and think…who’s left behind to pick up the pieces.”
This quote at the end of their short video make the words sink into you. Is it really worth it?
Most states in U.S. with the exception of Florida and a few others have laws enacted that prohibit drivers from texting and driving. The problem is, are these laws actually stoping people from this bad habit?
According to some statistics, police aren’t even actually enforcing these laws in some states. In others, distracted driving is delt with very seriously. Fines can start at $150 and is a first offense.
We want to know what you think. Will a law prohibiting the use of any cellular device, talking or texting, unless it’s being used hands-free, actually stop drivers in the act? Please cast your vote and feel free to leave us comments.
“If a terrorist group, in one year, were responsible for killing 5,474 Americans and injuring 448,000 more, it would be considered the greatest disaster this country has ever faced.
Imagine the devastation of injuries and death approaching half a million? Such devastation would be equivalent to injuring or killing nearly every man, woman and child in a city the size of Denver, Honolulu, or Washington D.C.” (AHL)
This video is REAL, LIVE, and exemplifies reasons why texting and driving is a bad idea…this man actually ended up losing his job:
A new Faces Of Distracted Driving came out this week. Find the video below:
Like all legal issues, the government takes a simple idea or word and blows it up into something so much more complex. This blog is designed to put these words into layman’s terms for you.
This is also called “The Distracted Driving Dictionary”.
– Distracted Driving – covers anything that may draw attention away from the driver, such as: putting on makeup, operating a radio, using a GPS system, reading, or wrangling kids and animals. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes, hands, or mind away from the road.
– Driving Contract / Pledge – Agreement between parents and teens outlining acceptable in-car behavior.
– DWD – Driving while distracted
– DWT – Driving while texting
– Intexticated – Slang for driving and texting behaviors such as weaving that are similar to those exhibited by drunken motorists. Some researchers say drivers perform better while intoxicated than while text messaging.
– Primary Enforcement – Police and other lawmakers can pull you over for texting while driving or any other distracted driving.
– Secondary Enforcement – Police and lawmakers need another reason to pull you over, they need to cite you for a different infraction. If they feel you were texting while driving or driving distracted, they can issue a secondary infraction.
After reading over 200 articles yesterday, all of them ranging from how texting and driving is wrong, to accident reports of distracted driving, and even events sponsored by major corporations to help spread awareness of the dangers of this certain epidemic….I was fed up!
We all know texting and driving is wrong yet we still do it. What will it take for us to stop? Do we ourselves need to get into an accident, a loved one, experience it in a simulator perhaps, or does it need to be illegal? Last question, if it is illegal, will you still do it?
One of the articles I read yesterday was extra interesting to me. It was about a peer organization visiting a certain high school where they did a full presentation on the dangers of texting while driving. At the end, one student got the chance to experience texting while driving first hand, of course without actually getting hurt. He was to get into a golf cart and drive a course made up by the organization, in the school’s parking lot. A skinny track outlined by cones paved the way the student had to drive. The student was a 17 year-old boy in his senior year. Before getting on the course, in which all his peers were closely watching, he was interviewed by the organization. They asked questions like how comfortable he felt, does he text and drive, and does he think he will do well… The very cocky senior replied with a grim, he said he does text and drive often, he is a very good multi-tasker, and he had no doubt he would knock this out of the park.
The peer organization gave him one round with-out being distracted to just drive the course to get the feel for it.
The next round came. The organization handed him a phone and one of their personnel accompanied him. He was given instructions to not stop while driving and to text the beginning lines of a certain song.
At the end of his course, with cones knocked down and a less confident look on the boy’s face, he said he will never text and drive again. He said not only is it illegal where they live, but it is also extremely dangerous!
What will it take for you to stop texting and driving?
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Part of our jobs here at PhoneGuard is to stay in touch with facts and statistics about distracted driving. We usually do this by means of reading newspapers and researching through multiple online resources.
Instead of presenting you with a million sad, but realistic facts, we decided to present to you a list of weird, yet very true facts that we hope you find as interesting as we do!
The first person to be killed in an auto accident in the United States was Henry H. Bliss a 68-year-old real estate broker. On September 14, 1899, in New York City, Mr. Bliss stepped from a streetcar, turned to assist a woman passenger, and was hit by a cab. Does this sound familiar? This story would sound the same as the ones we read EVERY DAY in the paper if we just changed the date! Distracted driving took place then, and it takes place now!
This brings us onto our next fact:
In 2003, 17,013 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States. This amounts to one death almost every half-hour. This is so interesting to us becuase, in 2003 texting wasn’t even prominent. Obviously drinking and driving is a major problem and statistics are always on the rise.
Our point is, today, in 2011, you have a 25% higher chance of being involved in an accident from texting and driving than you do from drinking and driving!
Some more facts for you:
Studies have shown that texting while driving slows reaction time to that of a 70-year-old!
In 2008, over 18.5 billion text messages are sent each month.
In 2009, U.S. Cell phone users sent roughly 4.1 billion texts every day.
Cell phones cause 1.4 million car crashes every year.
The average teen sends about 10 texts per hour during the day.
Distracted driving is the number one killer of teens. That’s more than alcohol, violence, drugs, and suicide. BUT, the age group with the most texters and drivers is 25-34 year-olds!
Text messaging earns phone companies an average of 60-70 BILLION dollars each year!