How long does it take someone to stop 4000 pounds?
AKA the average automobile. From Car and Driver magazine:
Unimpaired: 0.54 seconds to brake
Legally drunk: add 4 feet
Reading an email: add 36 feet
Sending a text add 70 feet
I’m usually not one to jump on a celebrity band wagon (or a political one for that matter) … like when Pamela Anderson became a spokes person for PETA I did not start howling like a mad woman at all the fur wearing folks on Michigan Avenue. When Lance Armstrong came out with his cancer fighting foundation, I did not coat my arms with umpteen plastic yellow bands reminding me to “Live Strong” – well, I might have bought one. And when Oprah announced that she was starting an all out war on people that text and drive, I didn’t get to concerned that I was in danger of being chased down by the cops because while stopped a red light I tweeted – I mean you can only send 140 characters out; how dangerous can that be?!
A few mornings back, I was in the midst of a run that for a little more than a mile winds beside a main artery for commuters AND I counted ten people texting. Texting and driving that is – which means that for every minute I was on that stretch of the road, there was at least one car moving around fifty mph with no one looking where their car was going – which also means, in any one of those split seconds, had the “driver” hit a pot-hole or a squirrel … they could have jumped that little curb and smashed right into me.
Look, I am no saint and I fully admit to texting and driving – but hey, I am not that important of a person that I need to answer anyone that quickly … and so, I am going to stop. Really, I am. I get this whole age of technology thing and the need to multitask, but texting and driving is just plain dumb. D_U_M_B.
I’m with Oprah on this one and the NTSB. Oh, and since YOU are going to stop texting and driving too, please stop putting on mascara in the rear view mirror and lighting your cigarette with the other hand.
Don’t know the current laws in your state? Check out this MAP.
Now send this link to someone you care about … or someone you don’t becuase they are on the road too!