It has been revealed that the Province of Ontario is on track for an emerging trend that suggests road deaths caused by distracted driving will outpace those caused by impaired driving 2:1. In other words, twice as many accidents involving distracted driving. And while that’s a general term that assumes various causes of distracted driving, use of mobile devices as the worst offenders is inferred.
We’ve all had close calls. I came very close to being run down by a car, once. The driver was looking down into her lap – where her phone was, presumably. And we have all seen close calls. Perhaps, some of us have seen worse.
Please – when we drive, let’s all make a commitment to turn off our phones, or put them somewhere out of sight that doesn’t allow us to see, or hear a call, FB message, tweet or text coming in. We WANT to respond, because we are addicted to the damn things. But we must be vigilant about our own behaviour.
It’s not THEIR fault. It’s not ‘other drivers’ serving as the offenders. It’s US – all of us. And we must be vigilant about ourselves, and each other. Changing the distracted driving behaviour starts with me, with you, with us – not somebody else.
Let’s all lose the devices when we’re behind the wheel, and same goes for the intuitive dash displays. Once you’ve set the radio and the heater temp, let’s turn them off, too.
We’re probably due for another one of these anytime, now. Here’s one of the more recent videos.
It’ll make you think.