Distracted Driving is Dangerous
The popularity of texting, checking email, or social networks like Facebook while driving has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. Some studies even link the effects to similarities like driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of all fatal collisions — 5,800 people killed — and 21 percent of collisions resulting in an injury — 515,000 people wounded. According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving.
What You Can Do
Give Clear Instructions – Give teen drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. According to Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the easiest way to say it is: “On the road, off the phone.” Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.
Lead by Example – Children learn from their parent’s behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.
Become Informed and Be Active – Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your children’s’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.