we have put-up with it for more than a decade now — as more and more idiots consider it a personal challenge to drive and be on the phone at the same time.
you should NOT have to remind an adult that talking on a phone while driving is hazardous to their health. not to mention, the health and well-being of others. anyone who has ever been in a car accident knows it only takes a split second … that one piece of time where reaction is KEY. and you can never get it back.
i don’t give a rat’s posterior for how important you or your phone call IS — you can take the time to pull over and STOP the vehicle if you really need to talk or text on the phone. this is NOT rocket science, folks. if nothing else —– start drilling it into the pre-schoolers, so we MIGHT have safer roads in another 20 years or so.
you would think natural selection might be re-asserting itself; all these distracted drivers a matter of the stupid being thinned from the herd. problem being, that when they off themselves, 9 out of ten times they take others with them. let’s see if i can put some stats on this blog to give it a little more meat:
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and
an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor
vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted
driving (FARS and GES).
- Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related
crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction
(18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes).
- Of those injured in distracted-driving-related crashes,
24,000 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction
(5% of injured people in distraction-related crashes).
- Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports
of distracted driving.
- Twenty percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports
of distracted driving.
- The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted
drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all
drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were
reported to have been distracted while driving.
- Of those drivers involved in fatal crashes who were
reportedly distracted, the 30- to 39-year-olds had the
highest proportion of cell phone involvement.
stats courtesy of– http://www.distraction.gov/research/PDF-Files/Distracted-Driving-2009.pdf
my guess is those numbers haven’t improved in 2 years. we can also assume many do not “fess-up” to being on the phone.
since the states are failing to take adequate steps, the Federal government is considering legislation to help limit the number of distracted drivers on the road. not only that, car manufacturers are stepping in to develop technology that blocks all signals while driving. so we are sacrificing the ability for victims or those being held against their will in a vehicle — where they will NOT be able to contact help — because MORE deaths and injury are statistically being caused by the vehicles themselves, when a distracted driver is behind the wheel. you bet ….
something has to give and a choice has to be made.
THAT is what your stupidity is costing the nation and its families …………. i suggest you get on board, and get off your bleeping phones.
start a petition, having teenagers promise to not text or make calls while driving. give them a sticker to put on the car, have it designed by the best. something that makes it cool, not stupid. a verification that other drivers can know that car is not driven by a distracted driver. maybe just the picture of a cell phone with the red circle across it. make it with the actual brand of cellphone so they at the same time can brag about what kind of neat new device they have.
i don’t care. just DO something.