At some point or other, we’ve all been guilty of it probably. I know many that are guilty of it every day. Even before the “No text while driving” law passed in the state of Michigan, I avoided texting while driving. I knew that it was dangerous and could potentially cause an accident. In Adam Popescu’s article on Read Write Web, he claims, “Distracted driving killed more than 3,000 Americans in 2010,” and “Last year 11% of all U.S. crashes were attributed to cell phone use.” Those are scary statistics.
The fact is that texting while driving is extremely hazardous to yourself and those in other vehicles around you. I honestly love to talk on the phone while driving. I do not believe that it impairs my attention or reaction time – too much. If you’re not talking on the phone, you’re adjusting the radio or reaching for something in your purse. Unfortunately, we live in a world where everyone is a distracted driver. Why is it that we’re bored when we’re driving?
Probably most people who text while driving have experienced ‘close calls.’ I label a ‘close call’ as a near-accident situation, a veer while driving, or pretty much anything that makes your heart race a little bit. Experiencing a close call, for me, was enough to make me not text while driving – ever. Why don’t other people who experience close calls learn their lesson? Does it take an accident or even a death to make you realize that a text just isn’t worth it?