Friday, April 30, 2010
How many of you talk or text on a cell phone while driving? And if you do, what's your excuse for doing so? Do you think it's safe?
I don't have to tell you why it's not. We're all adults. We know better. Texting and talking on a cell phone while driving is distracted driving. But I do have to say this. How dare you—how dare you—take the lives of others and your own, in hand by driving while distracted? That conversation you're engaged in is not that important. It can wait until you stop and park, or can pull over to a safe place. We got along just fine 10 years ago without having to chatter in the car as we drove. The two technologies—cell phones and cars—don't mix. Yes, I know some of you younger people have grown up with a cell phone in hand. You know nothing else. Texting is a principle means of communication. But is a text or phone conversation worth risking your life, or the life of someone you don't even know? Almost 6000 people were killed last year as a result of driving while distracted, or being in the path of a distracted driver.
Think about it. And pledge not to text or talk on your cell phone while driving. Ever.
Here's a link to Oprah's pledge sheet. That's the way to make it official, but you don't need to sign anything, you just need to make a promise with yourself that you will not be stupid while driving. Senseless deaths caused by distracted drivers are 100% preventable.
Michele (who keeps her cell phone, turned off, in her purse, while driving)
Posted by Michele Hauf at 5:04 PM