1 year ago
Last edited at 9:51AM on 12/21/2012
No, you're really not -or not as much as you think. Texting while driving is about as dangerous as texting while drunk both for you and other people. You can't see the road while you're looking at your phone and you can hit unexpected obstacles that are in your way, plus your reaction time is a lot slower. It's like being blind for five seconds at a time. About 1,600,000 accidents happen every year. Don't be one of them. http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/
Your chances of getting into an accident when you text while driving increases by 500%. If you're driving down the road at 60 miles per hour, and you look down for 2 seconds to change the radio, you've already gone the length of a football field. You're endangering others around you, therefore it is illegal.
If you are paying attention to the road then your text message will NOT be legible. If you are paying attention to what you are typing....then you arent watching the road. As someone that drives professionally, I see people texting all the time.... I also see them all over the road as if they are drunk. I have also seen the highway patrol texting.... You see a lot of interesting stuff when you drive all the time.
It's dangerous and deadly. Make up your mind what you want to do at the time, Drive or Text ? Then put your 100% into that one thing. Nothing is more important than your life or someone else's life. When your young, you feel like your immortal, but there are lots of hurting families that would beg to differ with you. Be safe and make the right decision....;)
1 year ago
Last edited at 11:37AM on 12/28/2012
Because Text and Drive specifically was the cause of 16,141 highway deaths from 2001 to 2007 and over 400,000 non fatal accidents last year. For every 6 seconds a driver spends texting, 4.6 of those seconds are with their eyes off the road, which makes texting the most dangerous cell phone activity anyone can engage in while operating a 5,000 pound piece of steel and glass.
I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a texting asset called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a texting blackout period in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected.
Erik Wood, owner OTTER app do one thing well... be great.