I’ve done it, maybe you’ve done it, too. And I’m embarrassed to say I’ve done it.
What am I talking about? Texting or emailing while driving. In Illinois, legislation was recently passed to make it illegal to text while driving. In 2009, there were 1,300 auto crashes in which cell phone distractions, including texting, were the primary or secondary cause of the crash – a 9 percent increase over 2008. Preliminary data from 2010 shows that the number of crashes where cell phone distractions were a primary or secondary cause was down, but still nearly 1,100, and more than 360 of these crashes resulted in at least one injury.
Please watch the video at this link. It only takes about 11 minutes to view. Watch it with your son or daughter who can drive. Watch it with your son or daughter who isn’t old enough to drive. Please watch. And please stop. I intend to stop. Thank you.