The dangers of texting while driving.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cole sent me an email today with a link to this article that I am very intrigued with, mainly since I am studying public health. According to the National Highway Traffic Traffic Safety Administration, 

"In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured."


Are these numbers not enough to convince people that they need to stay away from distracted driving? 
They most definitely should be if you ask me. 

In case you didn't know, the following are classified as distracted driving:
Texting
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Grooming
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
"What if you were forced to text and drive at the same time? It’s probably not the smartest idea idea in the world, but it might actually drive home the message about texting behind the wheel.
A video filmed in Brussels, Belgium does its part to help scare new drivers: in it, several driving students are told that a government mandate requires them to prove they can text while driving. The test instructor even holds up a copy of the fake decree before dictating messages they must send while navigating around an obstacle course. Each of the drivers handily complies with his requests, but frequent gasping and heavy braking might forever scare them from future attempts."



1 comment:

  1. LIKE! Aaron makes me promise to not text and drive and to avoid using my phone =)

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