Texting, Talking, Drinking, Driving…Gerbils? – Stop distracted driving

Sunday April 4th, 2010 at 11:44 PM
Posted by: asgruben

driver-distraction-3aThe Dangers of Distracted Driving

By Adrienne Gruben

Ok, the last time I actually did it was last week, but after reading the latest, I’d have to be a complete idiot to continue texting while on the road. And while I like to think of myself as too punk to sign up for Oprah’s anti-texting, “No Phone Zone,” campaign (now boasting 167, 078 participants), I am committing to one person, frequent CarReview poster and master cyclist Derek, to knock it off.

Now, texting is not the only “distracted driving” issue facing drivers, however it is the more buttony of the “distracted driving” hot-button issues, so let’s go there first.  According to such-and-such study, in 2008, 500,000 people were injured and 6,000 were killed by distracted drivers, and some argue that texting is the most dangerous. Whether that is true or not, the “from bonehead to dead” factor is high here, and people are pissed: 20 states are now enacting some type of legislation banning drivers from texting, and there are rumblings that Congress might take the whole thing Federal.

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