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.
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“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.