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This morning, I’m going to do my part in helping save lives by sharing my own “Public Service Announcement” covering texting and driving.

Here’s why you shouldn’t do it:

a)      It is extremely dangerous – it makes you 23X more likely to crash

b)      It is responsible for over 3,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries per year

c)       It is illegal in all 50 states

d)      It is absolutely forbidden by most company policies

e)      It is the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing drinking and driving

Texting and driving is an epidemic affecting people of all ages. You can click here for an enlightening infographic providing statistics and a profile of those who text and drive.  If you choose not to refrain from this habit for the benefit of your own life, please consider 1) being a role model for children when driving with them, as statistics show nearly half of all children have seen adults text and drive (mostly their parents), and 2) an accident you cause does not just affect you; it can affect the lives of others, as graphically demonstrated through this very sobering video (warning: it is not for the light hearted). By the way, when I say “texting,” I am also talking about responding to email while driving.  Peeking at emails on your smartphone is a strong temptation, I know, but taking your eyes off of the road for just two seconds is all it takes to have an accident.  Many people now turn their phone off and put it in the glove compartment to avoid the temptation.  A response to a text or email can usually wait 30 minutes until you are safely parked. However, if something is truly urgent, please pull over to the side of the road before using your handheld device keypad. It really can be a life-or-death decision.

Have a great – and safe – week.

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