R_U_AN_IDIOT?

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

Driving down 146th street today my phone dinged signaling that I had a new text.  I picked my phone up.  I read the two sentences while driving along at forty-five mph. I figured out my reply and started to type – and then I stopped.  Because neither myself nor the person next to me on the road needed to die today because I couldn’t wait to answer a question.

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?!

Again, R_U_AN_IDIOT?

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!

8 Comments

  1. U R right about the texting and driving thing, but I refuse to give up putting on my mascara while driving.

    Cranky Old Man

  2. When I'm in the car with my husband (who has ADD), I've had to physically take the phone away from him. He's already a bad driver, no need to add phone distractions to the list!

    I can't text and drive. I can do the phone, if it's hands-free, but honestly, when I'm concentrating (usually happens if I'm lost), I want everyone to shut up so I can focus!

    So texting and driving? It's a no brainer for me.

  3. Thanks for your post about this! I agree, texts can wait. There is even this nifty app that will send out texts for you when you're driving that say “I can't text now because I'm driving. I will text when I have stopped.” So people know at least why you're not responding. I'm following you back from the hop! -Christine @ Why We Love Green

  4. Like you, I regularly count multiple folks texting while driving. I remember several years ago walking into a wall while I was texting—I think that says it all about why I don't need to be a distracted driver.

  5. Amen! I was driving home today, about 30 miles from my dr office and when I got home I couldn't remember anything from the drive. Not because of my phone either. So with texting I know I would see less.

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