I am reposting this texting and driving and distracted driving post because April is National distracted driving prevention month!
It seems that as long as humans have been able to invent methods of transportation – from the horse-drawn buggy to the fanciest cars, trucks, and motorcycles – they’ve just as quickly followed with new and more foolish methods of distraction to keep themselves from the very thing they should MOST be paying attention to, which is OPERATING SAID VEHICLE!
Of course drinking alcohol was a factor from the word “go,” followed not far behind by the invention of fast food restaurants, where the original intention was to eat the food IN the car, not while DRIVING it! Other psychoactive-active substances were soon added to the list, such as marijuana and other street drugs, and soon we had a recipe for vehicular disaster, with impaired drivers not only chowing down and washing it back with a cold one, but merrily chatting away in engaging conversations with other revelers.
Then came stoners singing along to their favorite song full blast, oblivious to the traffic around them – and most especially the fact that all other traffic is also being operated by other humans, who probably aren’t expecting you to suddenly forget you’re operating a vehicle in traffic, driving several tons of metal at a high rate of speed, and in imminent likelihood of causing a serious crash or some kind of accident.
Fast forward to the present. Now we have all kinds of electronic technology — the GPS, the Cell Phone, the iPad, and people intent on logging their every movement onto Facebook. But which of these gadgets presents the most serious hazard to ALL OF US? TEXTING. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.” #ritextingdrivingaccidentlawyer #rhodeislanddistracteddrivingcarcrash