In an extremely graphic PSA video gone viral out of Wales, Great Britain, teens are shown texting, driving, and crashing. The results are disastrous and hard to watch, yet they must be seen if you’ve ever been tempted to text while driving. That such a video can make such an impact around the world in just a few days shows the impact of our technology and yet it’s our technology and the way we use it that’s causing these horrible problems. According to CNN.com (Deadly Distracted Driving ), a drunk driver is 4 times more likely to crash while a texting driver is 8 times more likely to crash. Whoa! You mean that innocent little text I sent to my best friend saying that I’m running late meant that I was 8 times more likely to crash? You bet. How many times have you seen a vehicle weaving in and out of a lane, only to come up next to it and find out that the driver is too busy with the cell phone to even notice the light is green? Personally, I stay far behind those cars. But sometimes you can’t control your safety. What if you take public transportation? What if your bus driver or train operator is texting?
Darren’s niece, Britanny, wrote a guest blog for us last year on the dangers of text messaging while driving, comparing it to drunk driving. I think it’s an apt comparison and I believe the statistics given to us by CNN.com. Think about it—unless you’re texting while drunk, at least when you’re drunk you are looking at the road. Hopefully.
I wonder what outrageously stupid piece of technology will be available next to distract us from driving?