Recently I came upon a site (www.distraction.gov) that tells numerous facts about texting while driving. For example, did you know that
“Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.”
Microsoft talked about teaming up with Nuance to create an add-on to its Microsoft Sync systems that could allow you to text hands-free while driving. A website said that it would be installed into Fords early 2008 but I haven’t heard of such a thing. Maybe they just haven’t done a good job spreading the word about this system.
Personally I choose not to text and drive. But I see my friends doing it all the time and each time I get scared for my life because I can tell that it makes them focus less on driving and more on the text. I also choose not to talk on the phone and drive. But it’s a personal choice. Thankfully texting while driving is now outlawed in the state of Maryland. Now I know that won’t stop people from doing it but hopefully it will make them think twice about doing so.
Check out this PSA.