Have you ever sent a text from behind the wheel? I have, and I am not
proud of it. By now we have all seen some type of video, either on YouTube or a major news network, showing a horrific accident because someone thought a text was more important than paying attention to the road.
The Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) has proclaimed
Father’s Day as “No Texting and Driving Day” to try and curb the growing trend of texting and driving. This proclamation is part of their larger safety campaign “The Last Word”. This short film seen at www.textthelastword.com details the the consequences texting and driving would have on your family. After watching, I immediately took the pledge on their site not to text and drive. I hope you will as well. MDX has set a goal of one million pledges. With a cause as important as this, I hope others will continue to pass the message along and help MDX not only achieve their stated goal but far exceed it.
I am a stat guy so here are some stats for you to chew on:
- According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
- The University of Utah reported that using a cell phone while driving, handheld or hands-free, reduces the reaction time the same as drinking enough alcohol to raise your blood alcohol level to .08 or the legal limit in most states.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 81% of drivers admitted to texting and driving. This number should be 0%.
- The National Safety Council reported that 28% of all accidents occur when people are on the cell phone in some manner or another, talking, texting, or perhaps even searching the net.
Please join me in supporting this initiative! Let’s get the word out and hopefully help save a few lives in the process.