April is Distracted-Driving Awareness Month

So said the article in the March 31st Washington Post in the article by Ashley Halsey III, “Keeping their eyes on everything but the road.”  April is appropriate as it begins with April Fools Day and anyone who drives while using a cell phone or texting is indeed a fool.  They are fools who put not only themselves, but also others at risk.  I recently read a true story about a man who drove full speed into the back of a car that was waiting for the light to change.  The man said he did not see the light because he was looking for his cell phone.  The women in the car that was hit had been recovering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).  This accident sent their recovery back substantially.  I hope that driver served jail time.  I also hope he was sued into bankruptcy.   First of all, he should never use his cell while driving.  However, even if you are not using a cell phone and are trying to drive safely instances will occur,involving a child for instance, that will grab your attention.  Rather than continuing to try to drive while distracted you should safely make your way to a place where you can stop safely and deal with the crisis.

There have been many healthy memory blog posts about using a cell phone while driving.  Texting while driving is even more ridiculous.  A survey from the AAA Foundation found that 58% of teenagers involved in crashes wee distracted by something.  Another survey by the Erie Insurance Company  found people admit to a lot more than texting and talking on cell phones.  15% percent confessed to engaging in a “romantic encounter” while driving.  43 % said they sing or dance (dance !!! can you believe it!).  30% said they apply makeup.  15% said they read.  9 % said they changed clothes.  4 % said they flossed or brushed their teeth. And the same percentage said they take selfies.  And 3% said that they had relieved themselves while they were behind the wheel.

Again, if these people were only endangering themselves this could be ignored and let natural selection take place.  Unfortunately, they are placing all of us at risk.  So take April and every other month seriously avoid distracted-driving and encourage others to avoid distracted driving.

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