I have been to many Rotary Clubs throughout East Texas and the Dallas – Fort Worth area speaking on the dangers of distracted driving and it was a great honor to have the opportunity to speak with the members of the Southlake Rotary Club. Rotary clubs and other respected civic organizations are a great place to discuss the dangers of Distracted Driving. If I can persuade local business leaders of the need to ban cell phone use and driving, we can make a real impact on this deadly epidemic. Teenage drivers respect and look up to our civic leaders.
Today more than ever I am truly convinced that using a cell phone and driving is one of our most deadly public health issues. We are simply addicted to our cell phones in numbers that should worry everyone in a car today.
The presentation I gave today is very similar to the presentation we give to high school students. I start by showing a public service announcement that is pretty graphic. Here's the web link on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E
Once the video is shown, it is easy to make the point of how risky cell phone use and driving truly is. We all know that using a cell phone and texting or talking is dangerous. Yet, for some reason, until we see a video showing a horrific crash and the consequences of a collision that kills, it seems that the dangers of distracted driving are taken for granted.
This killer doesn't care if you are an experienced or an inexperienced driver, whether you are good person or a bad person, or rich or poor. This killer is growing at alarming rates and will continue to do so as we continue to count on our cell phones to be such an integral part of our lives.
I'm not advocating a ban on cell phone use. I'm just hoping to provide enough relevant and valid information to encourage our civic leaders and teenage drivers to say No to using a cell phone and driving.
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Say NO to Distracted Driving
Jeff Weinstein, Car accident attorney