Technology is amazing. I am always in awe of the latest gadgets that come out that help simplify or better organize our lives. But at what point does technology actually hinder us? Especially behind the wheel.
Texting has become an addiction – everywhere you go you see kids, teens, and adults on their phones texting. We text at dinner, during class, at work, during a movie and even while driving! I myself can’t help to look down at my phone when I see that I received a text but in that split second it takes to read that message I am putting my life and other drivers lives in danger. How many more people must be injured or killed before we as “texters” realize that to spare a life we must put down the phone and drive?
I just recently got pulled over and somehow talked my way out of a ticket. Was this luck or my sweet persuasive skills that got me out of trouble?
It was late afternoon and I was on my way to the dog park talking on the phone with my mother. Before I knew it, I saw what any driver in the driver seat NEVER wants to see; flashing cop lights. Despite being pulled over, I also had to tell my mother I needed to go because I was being pulled over. I was going to have to hear “it” from her later. On top of this, it was in a school zone AND I didn’t have my license because my wallet was stolen on a recent trip to France.
I thought in my head, “I wasn’t speeding! I couldn’t have been speeding! Was I speeding?”
A new group is working to get drivers to put down their cell phones. FocusDriven describes itself as “an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using cell phones.”
The group is focused on spreading awareness about distracted driving and providing a support group to those who have been victims of distracted driving.
Most teenagers get their first cell phone when they start to drive. Why? In case there is an emergency. But it seems like cell phones have created an emergency on the road. Distracted driving is second on the list of major dangers for teen drivers, and there is no greater distraction out there than a teen on their cell phone.
When you’re behind the wheel – No eating. No makeup. No texting or talking on your cell.