According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured every day reportedly as a result of a distracted driver.
The CDC states that distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
I’d like to focus on one of the chief causes of distracted driving, and that is texting. It’s something all of us have probably being guilty of at one time or other. And it’s also something that causes us great irritation. I’m sure you’ve had the experience of being stopped at a signal light waiting for it to turn green. But when it does the car in front of you does not move. In my case after a few seconds have gone by, I honk my horn letting the other driver know they can go. Incredibly even at that sometimes the car doesn’t immediately move. Back in the day, my first thought would have been this individual might be having a medical emergency. Now my suspicion is they’re not paying attention because of a text. Sure enough their head suddenly pops up and off they go.
But what’s most frightening to me are the people I have observed texting while driving on the freeway! I’m like are you kidding me! Driving around Houston is dangerous enough without also having to worry about people that feel all heaven and earth depends on them sending a text at that moment. It’s simply not worth the potential loss of life or limb. Whether we’re traveling on the freeway or not, it’s never a good idea to text while driving. We simply have to train ourselves that whoever is trying to reach us can wait until we get off the road to respond.
Auto manufacturers are currently experimenting with artificial intelligence that will allow cars to essentially drive themselves. The idea being that this will dramatically reduce accidents caused by human error which includes distracted driving. At my age, I find this a little intimidating. I don’t know if I’m ready to drive a car that’s smarter than me. That said I’m absolutely determined to at least remain smarter than my phone.