Distracted driving is described as an epidemic sweeping our roads. This topic is receiving much attention internationally and we would like to discuss the global impact and the risks of texting and driving!
It has been revealed that distracted driving in the US has claimed thousands of lives and injured a half-million people during 2008. In the past there has been debate whether communicating from a vehicle might be a manageable risk – today, with the dramatic increase in the use of hand-held devices it is accepted that one method of communicating – texting- has the potential of creating a true crash epidemic!
Vehicle manufacturers have joined the call to ban drivers from text messaging with cell phones and other hand-held devices. The wireless industry including cellphone manufacturers, carriers, and some Internet companies have expressed the belief that texting “is incompatible with safe driving.” It is estimated that there were more than 1 trillion text messages sent and received on wireless devices last year, including cell phones and smart phones.
At Government level in the US the Obama Administration and Congress have addressed texting and distracted driving and all government employees are now banned from texting while driving whenever they are on the job, driving a federal vehicle, or using a government-supplied cell phone. This executive order affects nearly 4.5 million employees across the US, including postal workers and military personnel.
The simple truth is that roads are already dangerous enough with many existing threats to road safety! When we add cell phones and text messages to existing road risks, we are taking this beyond anything we should be dealing with on the roads. A study recently released by the Michigan State Medical Society claims that texting while driving makes driving six times more dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Administration puts cell phone use at the top of the list of driver distractions. The Medical Society believes that texting while driving as part of cell phone use makes this act the most dangerous of all distractions. It’s incredibly dangerous, and it’s incredibly poor judgment to text while driving!
Watch both videos below to see the impact texting while driving has had on this families life.