I Need Your Help
I’m trying to fix a problem that is harming and killing people every day. Over the past decade and especially over the last two years with social media, I’ve been trying to correct this problem, but I feel like I’ve been running into a brick wall.
I’m talking about distracted driving and specifically, driving while using your smartphone and social media. As with Russian Roulette, you never know what’s going to happen when you turn on the key, press the gas pedal, and post to social.
It’s crazy that people are still participating in distracted driving, especially when you look at the numbers and consequences. Each year, more than 5,000 people are killed by distracted drivers. The facts show that the average driver is distracted for 3-5 seconds looking at his or her smartphone. At 55 mph that’s like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
Almost twice as many people are injured each year by distracted driving (600,000) than drunk driving (290,000). At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or using electronic devices while driving.
Are you OK with these numbers?
What if your child was a passenger in a car being driven by your neighbor while posting on Instagram? What if your spouse was walking down the street at the same time a distracted driver was approaching from behind while livestreaming on Facebook?
How do we solve this problem?
Should we overlook well-known influencers and celebrities who engage in distracted driving? Do you look the other way and pretend it never happened because the distracted driver happens to be someone who’s well known?
My game plan in 2017 is to confidentially reach out privately and publicly when I see distracted driving taking place. If the reckless conduct of a distracted driver continues, I’m going to stop following and stop supporting the individual.
I believe that without consequences, there’s no incentive for people to change this dangerous self-centered behavior. I also believe that as a community, we need to stop supporting anyone engaged in this reckless practice.
What do you think? What can we do to protect our families and friends?
Contrary to popular belief, Bluetooth and other hands-free solutions are not safer or the solution. In fact, hands-free devices distract drivers for up to 27 seconds (it’s a cognitive distraction and mental awareness type of thing). See http://bit.ly/hands-free-dd
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