Shut up and Drive

Dated: 07/28/2012

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Sipping lattes, picking your nose, eating, stroking Fido as he sits on your lap, combing your hair, fixing your make-up, fumbling with the radio, updating your Facebook pic, yelling at the kids or your spouse, all would qualify as distracted driving when done behind the wheel of a moving vehicle and are bad enough.

Throw a cell-phone in your 'free' hand and now you're really playing with fire.

Here are a few fun facts from - Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving:

  • Cell phone use was reported in 18% of distraction-related fatalities in America. 
  • 16% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under 20. (Most teenagers can't be awake without texting at least once every 10 minutes - do the math.)
  • Texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH, that's like driving an entire football field blind-folded.
  • At any given moment during daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

These are sobering statistics folks.

Yes. We live in the Information Age and we all have to stay connected if we are to stand any chance of surviving.

Yes. We must multi-task if we are to get anything done in the few short hours we're allotted in a day.

Yes. Technology is ever-changing and we've got to keep up with the latest gadgets and apps to make our mundane lives better.

But commandeering a 2-ton machine in traffic still requires your undivided attention if you intend to get from Point A to Point B without incident.

Thankfully, several states have enacted motor vehicle laws banning cell-phone use and texting. More need to follow suit. 

South Carolina has a 'Distracted/Inattention attribute under Contributing Factors.'

Huh??? I don't know what that means but it sounds pretty lame and ineffectual. 

How many distracted drivers and their innocent victims need to die on South Carolina roads before we turn this 'attribute' into laws that save lives? Just saying.

In the mean time, if your car is moving, put Fido in the back seat, hang up the phone, put both hands on the wheel and drive.

The life you save could be mine.

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Carolann Newton

I was a domestic paralegal for 8 years prior to Real Estate. Since I have been in Real Estate I have grown to love this business, even though it does have it's challenges; it is very exciting. There i....

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