Texting and Driving

About a year ago while driving, my husband and I were nearly run off a bridge not far from our home. A commercial truck took the corner wide and forced us to the guard rail of the bridge. Just in time he looked up from his phone.

A close call. We were shaken and angry but much better than many. According to the Canadian Automobile Association : “Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. Drivers engaged in text messaging on a cellular phone are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash event compared with non-distracted drivers. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2010)”. I urge you to click on the link to read some other sobering statistics.

The car failing to move once the light turns green is likely texting.

The car drifting over the centre line is likely texting.

The driver with head down at a red light or stop sign is likely texting.

The texting driver is unaware of their surroundings.

On a recent trip to the US I was so pleased to see the following signs that I photographed them (It’s OK, I was a passenger).  IMG_0742uca_2IMG_0740uca_1Pleased, yet at the same time, sad that it is necessary to remind people of something that, to many, seems so obvious. How can one possibly read and type a message while driving?

On another trip I saw a sign that said: IT CAN WAIT. TEXT STOP IN 2 MILES I didn’t get a photo of that one as I was driving that time. Taking a photo is just as dangerous as texting.

Don ‘t text and drive. It is that simple.

  • It is stupid. (I don’t like that word but it applies to this.)

  • It is irresponsible.

  • It is illegal.

  • Your message isn’t that important.

I received an email message from a friend recently with this tag line:

Honk if you love Jesus,

Text if you want to meet him.

About etiquetteottawa

Founder and Owner of the Protocol School Of Ottawa
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2 Responses to Texting and Driving

  1. karenhickman says:

    Suzanne, I have not seen those signs in our area in the U.S., but what a good idea and a needed reminder for many, not to text & drive.

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