Ring Ring Ring…….. Stop. Do Not answer that text message while driving!!! Pull over to a safe place and then respond!! All it takes is one distraction to steal your reaction!!
As the Missouri Solar Solutions team drives all over the Midwest for Solar Jobs we see a lot of people texting as they drive. Distracted driving is a constant threat that we have all been guilty of and it happens every day. Please be aware of others around you including watching out for motorcycle drivers. Place the phone in the back seat so that you are not tempted to reach for it. Heck, even power that phone off!! Pull over somewhere to scroll the internet or text when needed. Adjust that GPS before you even start the car. If anything be proactive and just get a headset to talk through verse holding the phone to your head.
A group of girls from the service organization Lambda Sigma Pi decided to make a float for the 2019 Saint Pats Parade in Rolla, Missouri and we were proud sponsors. The big message of the float was that driver awareness in general needs to happen. The young women and friends put driver safety pledges on all sorts of trinkets and placed messages on stuffed animals too. They then threw all the goodies to the crowd. The women yelled into a bull horn the very important driver safety message of putting the phone down and driving. They made lots of posters to place all over the float as well. Good job!!! Keep spreading that word of driver safety!!
Here are some facts about distracted driving. Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause a crash than driving while intoxicated. An average text message read on the road takes 5 seconds. At 55mph, that would be like driving the the length of a football field with your eyes closed. A lot can happen in those 5 seconds!!! A crash typically happens 3 seconds after a driver has been distracted. In the year 2015, 3,477 people perished and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving. This high number of crashes has to change.
Please heed the warnings and take initiative to change bad habits. Don't Text and Drive!!
Sources: United States department of Transportation