Distracted Driving Trumps Drinking and Driving for King of Road Disasters.

“Don’t drink and drive” seems to be a phrase that is agreed upon and accepted globally. We know it’s not a good idea to do it, even though some ignorant people seem to be missing the part of their brain for reason and consequence and do it anyway.  What if I told you that you are better off putting a beer in your hand instead of a cellphone while driving? You’d probably roll your eyes and think I’m going to give you some over-exaggerated speech about texting and driving. Bingo… minus the over-exaggerated part.

Last year, 11,000 fatalities were the result of distracted driving. Distracted driving has now replaced Drinking and Driving as the #1 cause of accidents and fatalities for teenage drivers. And there’s no sign of the distractions stopping. Smartphones have been around for a while now. There is now a slew of Droid phones which you can buy for under $100 that give you access to the internet, apps, fun & addicting texting and all sorts of other extremely distracting things. It’s easy for a teenager to pick one up for cheap and join in on the mobile media frenzy. With more friends, apps and features the more excuses there will be to use our phones.

What can we do to circumvent the issue? Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released the ‘Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving’ which is a guideline to why distracted driving is a problem and what we can do to resolve it. I encourage anyone to give it a read, there are some pretty eye-popping statistics. Another clever application to prevent distracted driving is the NoTXTnDrive® App. For a small fee you can install the app on your (or your teenage driver’s) phone with no additional costs or monthly fees. Once installed, the app automatically activates when it determines if the user is driving using the phone’s internal GPS. Once activated, it denies access to phone calls, texting and email. Once the driver has stopped driving the app automatically deactivates and the phone is returned to full functionality.

You can download the Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving HERE. For the NoTXTnDrive® App use you mobile phone’s app store to search and download the app.

In the end it comes down to the individual to tell themselves that they will not put their, or others, lives in danger by distracting themselves on the road. You can think what you want of your ability to multi-task, but when you do anything but pay full attention to the road you are putting everything, and everyone, at risk.  Call out your friends and family for using their phones while driving. Make it known that it is not alright to be distracted behind the wheel. For more information on distracted driving I would highly recommend check out www.distraction.gov.

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