The fine for distracted driving has been raised to $200. Not enough to make you stop texting and using the phone while you're driving??? OK.......... What about:
10. Your knees are actually not the best appendages to use for steering.
9. How can you talk to your dog (who's riding shotgun) when you're texting someone?
8. When you get slammed into, it might ruin your phone. And your nails and your outfit and your brain.
7. While you're trying to position the screen to avoid the sun's glare, you might miss that train approaching.
6. Laughing at auto-correct might make you laugh until you wet yourself.
5. You don't need to know you missed an incoming text to tell you your friend is currently standing in line at the DMV while chewing gum and texting you.
4. The phone doesn't realize that you only get one lane to drive in-nor does your car.
3. Woo-Hoo---you got the little alert that you have received a text. You DO NOT need to look at it right this minute. It will still be there when you have reached your destination.
2. There is just something wrong about texting someone who is sitting in the back seat of your car.
And the #1 reason not to text while driving:
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, at 55 mph, blind.
Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
About 2600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in car accidents were attributed to texting and driving last year.
4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally. Please do not do either!
Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving. And there are plenty of drivers older than that who are texting and driving as well.
According to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, drivers talking on cell phones are 18% slower to react to brake lights. They also take 17% longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked.
Check this out at the government Dept. of Transportation website about distracted driving:
More about It Can Wait:
Still not convinced that being distracted while operating a 2000 pound weapon is a bad idea? Read these: http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stories/
What will it take to make you stop?