True confession. I used to Twitter while driving. I’m not proud of it. In fact, texting while driving is now illegal in Tennessee. But I did it. Occasionally, I even revert to it. But after watching the video below, I am cured for good. (Thanks to Tim Stevens for bringing this to my attention.)
When you think about it, “Driving While Texting” (DWT) is really stupid. In fact, U.K. researchers found that it is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana:
Research carried out on young drivers (aged 17-24) using a simulator found that reaction time slowed by 35% when they were writing or reading text messages while driving. In comparison, reaction time deteriorated by 21% for those under the influence of cannabis, and by 12% at the legal alcohol limit.”
If you are like most people, statistics like this are amazing—and then quickly forgotten. That’s why I am posting this video. Please take five minutes to watch it.
DWT not only puts your life at risk, it puts the lives of others at risk, including the people in your car, other vehicles, and innocent pedestrians. Surely, we value our own lives and the lives of others more than our need to compulsively be checking our messages, right?