Cellphone Companies Join Forces to Combat Distracted Driving
Distracted driving due to the use of smart phones and other devices is a scourge on the highways of Virginia and elsewhere in the 21st Century. I was pleased to read the country’s largest wireless carriers are now joining forces in an advertising campaign to discourage mobile phone users from texting while driving. Distracted driving is a “dangerous epidemic,” states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its distraction campaign.
In 2011 more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes linked to distracted driving. This month AT&T announced that its competitors Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint, as well as more than 200 other organizations, had joined its “It Can Wait” campaign.
The campaign will focus on the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are the 100 deadliest days for teens. Schools are out for much of the time and more teens are on the roads of Virginia. In resorts such as Virginia Beach we see large numbers of teens converging on the ocean front during the summer months. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2010, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death among 13-19 year-old males and females in the United States.
I see too many teens being injured and even killed because they are texting or checking messages on their smart phone. As the campaign stresses, most messages can wait. If you think it’s urgent pull over to a safe and legal place and stop your car before sending a message. If you have been injured due to distracted driving in Hampton Roads call a Virginia Beach injury lawyer for a free consultation.
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