My husband has been a firefighter for over 32 years and in those years he’s seen thousands of car crashes. Many of them were caused by distracted driving. Over the years the cause of the distraction has changed, but the outcome is the same.
With technology taking over our lives, it’s no surprise that people are abusing their driving privileges by texting and driving. If their actions only impacted their own lives I wouldn’t care; but sadly, people who are texting and driving are causing accidents that involve others and that’s where I draw the line. No matter what the reason for the distracted driving, I think those that cause harm to others by the negligence should understand the consequences of their actions and so do many others.
Recently the US Transportation Department teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the Ad Council, and State Attorneys General to encourage people to think before they text while driving. The current initiative is geared at teens ages 16-24. The new Public Service Announcement (PSA) makes use of a pivotal seen from the hit show, “GLEE” to remind young people about the dangers of texting and driving.
GLEE PSA: “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.”
Encourage Young Adults to “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.”
If you’re a fan of “GLEE” as I am, you’ll remember the scene from last year when popular cheerleader, Quinn Fabray played by Dianna Agron, received a text from Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) while she was on the road. She looked from the road to read the text and began to type back, “On my way.” During those few seconds, she missed a road sign and was hit from the side by another vehicle. The PSA wants to emphasize that 5-seconds can change your life forever and reminds students that NO TEXT is worth dying for.
“Driving is one of the most dangerous activities for young adults. Texting while driving is a distraction that young drivers can live without,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, the father of two teenage boys. “Drivers of any age should be aware that texting while driving may not only jeopardize the safety of themselves and others, but it can violate state motor vehicle laws against distracted driving and result in hefty fines or loss of driving privileges.”
Think it can’t happen? The NHTSA found that in 2010 there were more than 3,000 people killed and an additional 416,000 were injured due to distracted driving. That’s too many. There’s no logical reason for texting and driving – ever.
But young people aren’t the only ones driving distracted. Please remind those you love that being behind the wheel is serious business. You can end your life or someone else’s by the choices you make. Please ask them to make the choice to drive defensively. If everyone did it’d likely put my husband out of work and that would be OK with me.