Here’s an interesting fact: text messaging while driving makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to occur and has the same effect on your driving as drinking 4 beers (www.textinganddrivingsafety.com). Despite the fact that over 1.5 million accidents result from texting while driving each year (www.textinganddrivingsafety.com), the percentage of adults who admit to texting while driving is steadily INCREASING (www.edgarsnyder.com).
Sending or receiving a text takes your eyes off of the road for almost 5 seconds (www.distraction.gov). Imagine driving with your eyes closed for 5 seconds and you can picture how much damage can occur.
So, what can you do to help keep the roads safer?
First, Take the Pledge to refrain from texting while driving, especially when your kids are in the car because we all know children imitate their parents’ behavior. Set a good example early, well before your child gets his or her learner’s permit.
The Think of Me public awareness campaign was created to raise awareness of the texting while driving problem. This partnership between organizations, government departments and corporations is committed to making a difference. So, Take the Pledge to be a safe driver and spread the word to friends and family.
Second, consider installing apps on your phone that will prevent you from texting while driving.
- If you are an AT&T customer, download DriveMode which automatically sends an auto-reply message to incoming texts if your car is moving faster than 25 mph.
- DriveSafe.ly will read aloud incoming text messages and emails.
- Textecution completely disables texting if your car is moving faster than 10 mph. Unlike the first two options, this is not a free app. You pay a one-time fee of $29.99.
So, please join me in taking the pledge to set your phone aside while driving to keep ourselves, our children, and other drivers safe.