Our roads need more No Cell Phone Signs.
One of the most publicized issues concerning traffic and driving safety that still proves deadly, almost on a weekly basis, is the one of texting while driving. Last year at least 23% of collisions involved cell phones!
There are so many drivers on the highway that exercise excessively poor judgment while driving; they need a no cell phone sign to remind them to be safe. I'm not talking about teenagers either, I'm talking about "30-something" professionals on their commute to or from work, glued to their smartphones while navigating the routes and parkways that bring them home.
Here's what I don't understand: first, talking on a cell phone is already illegal in many states. Why would texting be any different? Sending a SMS or text message not only diverts your attention from doing something important (driving), but it literally takes your eyes off of the road.
How much neglect can you display publicly without being arrested? How unsafe do you have to drive before you get pulled over and are given a ticket? Obviously that is an exaggeration, but if drivers don't ignore stop signs and yield signs, they probably won't ignore no cell phone signs either. I find it remarkably frustrating that the addiction to texting is becoming such an epidemic that despite these tragic stories we read about in the news, despite the commercials, celebrity endorsements, corporate sponsorship, T-shirts, after school specials, etc...people still have not learned to exercise responsibility while driving.
Smartphones are fun. I get it. I had my brief affair with Angry Birds, my kids are now old enough that they text me...even Grandma texts me.
You know what I do when I get a text? I pull over if it's important. I actually pulled over yesterday to read a text from my daughter.
So do your community a favor the next time that you are driving - put your cell phone down. If you really have to use it, go hands-free, or even better, pull over.
Ask your office and local schools to post No Cell Phone Signs in parking lots so drivers see them before their eyes are buried in a text. That little reminder may save a life. And if you are texting while driving, please put the phone down.