For the holiday season and afterward, people need to adopt the new public awareness message: “It Can Wait.”
The goal is to get people to delay using cellphones while driving. Bev Livingston, who became active in 1994 with Mothers Against Drunk Driving after a tragic and fatal drunken driving death in her family, notes that distracted driving from cellphones and other devices is a growing problem.
The National Safety Council reports that drivers talking on hand-held or hands-free cellphones are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash. The average cost of property damage in such wrecks in 2011 was $9,100. The council notes that people talking on cellphones while driving are involved in 21 percent of traffic crashes in the United States.
Texting is even worse, increasing the likelihood of a car crash because it takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field with eyes closed, the council reports.
“There is simply no such thing as safe texting while driving, and it is critical that all drivers understand that,” Livington said in a prepared release.
“It Can Wait” is the best rule to follow to stay safe on the road for the holidays and to have no regrets in travels.