Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent – at 55 mph – of driving the length of an entire football field, blind…
Well I´m sure, most of us have texted while driving at least once…
Let me tell you, that according to the Distraction.gov (official U.S. Goverment website for distracted driving), Texting is the most alarming distraction because it involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously.
If it’s so dangerous, why do people do it?
Some people still don’t know how dangerous distracted driving is. Others know about the risks of texting while driving, but still choose to do so anyway. They make the mistake of thinking the statistics don’t apply to them, that they can defy the odds. Still others simply lead busy, stressful lives and use cell phones and smartphones to stay connected with their families, friends, and workplaces. They forget or choose not to shut these devices off when they get behind the wheel.
The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications is linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. To stem this problem, the Federal Communications Commission is working with the car industry, safety organizations and other government agencies to inform and educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. The FCC is also seeking to identify and facilitate the development of innovative technologies that could reduce the incidence of distracted driving.
The publishing of The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Blueprint for ending distracted driving” in the page 3 says: With more than 300 million wireless subscriptions in America today and a growing number of devices and services designed to keep people constantly connected (such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram and others), technology is playing an increasing role in enhancing our quality
of life. Yet using these technologies while you’re behind the wheel can have devastating consequences.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are at least 3,000 deaths annually from distraction-affected crashes— crashes in which drivers lost focus on the safe control of their vehicles due to manual, visual, or cognitive distraction.
While progress has been made in the fight to end distracted driving, there is much more to do to end this dangerous practice. It’s clear the problem is complex and the solutions require parents, teens, educators, employers, industry, and government to get involved. Still, the first line of defense against this risky behavior must be personal responsibility by all drivers to put their wireless devices away and keep their focus on the road.
By the way, starting Oct. 1, texting while driving will be illegal in Florida. Bill boards along the state’s highways will light up Thursday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 with the message “Don’t text and drive, It’s the law.” Florida will become the 41st state to prohibit texting while driving for all motorists.
For the safety of all and because it´s the law “ON THE ROAD, OFF THE PHONE”