Today, while working on a rug, I decided to catch up on some programs recorded on my DVR. The program I chose was an Oprah show from at least a week ago. If you saw this program, you know what an incredibly powerful show it was. If you didn't, here are some things for you to consider.
Approximately 500,000 people are in accidents each year, caused by drivers distracted by either texting or talking on their phones.
6,000 of those people will die as a result of a cell phone in a car.
The stories were many, all tragic, all avoidable. There was also a gentleman from a university in Utah who has spent 10 years studying what happens to your driving abilities when you are distracted. They now have proof that your peripheral vision is significantly reduced, and because your brain is not wired for this particular type of multi-tasking, you brain may even remove things from your field of vision.
Guess what? Using a head set and talking "hands free" is not an OK thing to do. I live with someone who is happy to conduct business on his phone while driving, and it makes me crazy. I'm sure he'll not want to believe what I'm going to tell him when he gets home. As was pointed out on the program...there are so many who think they're smart enough to pull it off.
Really, folks. Is a phone call or text message really more important than a life? If you feel this is an important message, please share it with others. This is a serious matter that's only going to get worse if something isn't done to stop it.