Recently I heard another tragic story about the serious dangers of texting while driving. Fortunately, Steve Levine, a dad, marketing executive and social media expert, is doing something about this frightening trend of distracted driving.
Steve has begun a grass roots effort to get each and every one of us, regardless of age, gender, vehicle and cellular device, to stop texting while driving. That effort is a non-profit organization called Don’t DUIT. In other words, Don’t Drive Under the Influence of Texting.
Think texting while driving is only a problem among teenage drivers? Think again. Driving under the influence of texting is now an epidemic among drivers of all ages. Studies clearly show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask while driving and across the nation experts agree that no one should attempt to text when driving.
Steve knows that society is receiving mixed signals about the severity of texting while driving because there are no consistent laws across the country. Until such laws about are in place, it is up to us as individuals to take a stand against texting while driving.
The mission of Don’t DUIT is to increase awareness among the public of the dangers associated with distracted driving due to texting. Here is just some of the ugly truth:
- One-fifth of experienced adult drivers in the United States send text messages on their cell phone while driving.
- At any given time during daylight hours in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
- Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
- People who text while driving are 23% more likely than average drivers to be in a car accident.
Until people truly recognize that driving under the influence of texting is exceptionally dangerous, leading to accidents, injuries and fatalities. It is up to all of us to truly change our behavior and put our cellular devices away while driving.
It is important to note that Don’t DUIT is not about banning mobile devices. Don’t DUIT is about being informed, being responsible being safe and preventing distracted driving.
It is time to do a better job of understanding the frightening risks of texting while driving. To learn more information about Don’t DUIT, go to: http://www.dontduit.org.
What are your thoughts on texting while driving?