Is Your Cell Phone That Important?
I have put a " no phone zone" sticker on the back of my car. I took Oprah's pledge not to talk or text while driving. Not a hard thing to do as I already knew it wasn't a safe thing to do while driving and didn't. Now the studies on the subject confirm what I thought was true. It is extremely dangerous. Did you know that studies show that while talking on a cell phone objects in front of you literally disappear because your brain cannot take everything in - hopefully, it is not a mother and child crossing the street that vanishes from the driver's sight while on a cell phone. And, texting, well, that's just an accident waiting to happen and many have.
Testing drivers on a test course they have found people, of various ages, all sure sure they were competent drivers while they texted, could not stay on course, in fact they drove way off course and hit many pylons even though they drove fine when they weren't texting. Several of these people admited that they texted while they had their young children in their cars. It was an eye opener for them to see how wrong they were. All pledged to quit.
This week a woman in my city, a woman who advocated no distracted driving, was killed by a 17 year old girl who was a distracted driver. Our city has been having it's own campaign. 6,000 people were killed last year by distracted drivers. So needless.
Do you talk on the phone while driving? Text while driving? Is it worth it?