While many drivers will go through the entire month without hearing about Distracted Driving Awareness month, there will be many more that hopefully hear the message and think about the dangers associated with Distracted Driving.
I'm especially proud of my colleagues who in association with EndDD.org and 60forsafety.org have agreed to give a presentation on the dangers of distracted driving to a local school or civic organization throughout the Country. Over 800 trial lawyers signed up to give a free presentation in their local communities. I think that's really something special. Imagine how many teenage drivers will hear someone other than their parents show them the dangers of using a cell phone.
Most of the teenage drives that I talk to throughout East Texas know how dangerous texting and using a cell phone is. They just think that if something bad is going to happen, it will not happen to them. I remember reading in the book Traffic that thinking you can do something that you know others shouldn't do is called Optimistic Bias. I know I shouldn't do it because it's dangerous but I think I can do it better than you when the truth is that neither of us can do it. That's what cell phone use and driving is – something we can't do.
If tomorrow everyone stayed off their phones while driving, more than 15 Americans lives would not be lost for something completely senseless. If we did it all month at least 450 people would still be alive to enjoy their families and friends and those some families would not suffer through the loss of a loved one.
Please think about the dangers of distracted driving this month and drive without your cell phone.
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Say No to Distracted Driving
Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer