Posted: April 18, 2012 in Distraction Free
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DISTRACTED DRIVING is already a problem in the United States.   As our society is becoming more and more electronic savvy, this problem will continue to increase.   In fact, this problem will grow exponentially:  From 2009 to 2011 – texting has doubled to 196 billion messages per month!

Here are some facts about DISTRACTED DRIVING:

  • In 2009, over 5,000 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 injured through distracted driving.
  • 40% of all American teens say they have “been in a car when the driver used a cell phone that put people in danger”.
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
  • Texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • Sending or receiving an e-mail or text takes the drivers eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  That’s equivalent of driving blindfolded the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.
  • Using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol level of .08 percent (legally drunk).

What are we doing about this problem?   Certain Cities, Counties, and States have passed hands-free laws – but is this enough?   I don’t think so.  Plenty of research has been conducted on the subject which supports the need to completely ban texts and e-mailing as well as talking on cell phones while driving (both hand-on and hands-free).

I recently read about a new product developed by Location Labs that prevents the use of cell phones and texting while driving.   Through the use of GPS technology, it senses when you are driving and routes all calls to voice mail and automatically responds to any text or e-mail that is received indicating that you are driving and will respond when you reach your destination.  I completely support the adoption of this technology in all cell phones.

I support a change to remove distractions while driving – what about you?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

  1. Major thanks for the blog.Thanks Again. Really Great.

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