Are You a Distracted Driving Addict?

I believe that whether people realize it or not, most are addicted to their smartphones and other mobile devices. Even if they wanted to, they don’t have the self-control to stop using these devices while driving.

Understanding and acknowledging that there’s an addiction is the first, of several steps, in fixing this growing safety problem. What happens next is up to all of us.

As reported by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. Truth be told, you’re holding a modern day slot machine in your hand. Most people can’t stop using it even if they wanted to.

According to Google software engineers, every time you check your phone, you’re playing the slot machine to see, ‘What did I get?’ (likes, shares, comments…). Your mind is being hijacked while creating habits. Potentially deadly habits when you do this while driving.

If you don’t believe me, take a close look at this recent post with interviews and videos, “What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care”

When you take in to consideration that smartphones are the new drug of choice for teens who also happen to be very inexperienced drivers, this entire safety issue has a whole new meaning.

Hands-Free is Not Safe

I believe the other big issue people are misinformed about is the false perception that it’s safe to use a hands-free Bluetooth system while driving. It’s not. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

The evidence shows that hands-free and Bluetooth devices offer no safety benefits whatsoever. In fact, they “distract” you from the act of driving for up to 27 seconds after use. The same concept applies to the quality of your attentiveness while driving when your passengers are using their smartphones. Click here for the research 

If you can’t stop yourself from using your smartphone while driving, then you’re probably addicted to your phone. Please get help before somebody is killed.

Lead by example and turn your smarthphone off before turning your car on. Learn more about the facts of distracted driving by visiting StopDD.today EndDD.org and ItCanWait.com

Distracted Driving Survey Results

Do you consider distracted driving a public safety issue? What do you do when you see someone engaged in distracted driving?

Last month I posted a survey about distracted driving. A cross-section of 46 people responded from social media, business, law and the police communities. The survey is ongoing but here are the preliminary results:

Question #1: Have you had a family member or friend harmed or killed by distracted driving?

Question #2: When you see someone using social media or livestreaming while driving, what do you do?

Question #3: If you reach out privately or publicly and the distracted driving continues on a regular basis, do you:

Question #4: Do you consider distracted driving a problem?

Conclusion

The results appear to be rather obvious. Let’s lead by example and do what needs to be done to stop people from being injured and killed by distracted drivers.

Click here to see the updates to this survey at SurveyMonkey.

The survey is ongoing. If you’d like to participate you can click here to do so. I’ll update the results in the next month or so.


Related Links:

Study: Hands-Free Devices Distract Drivers for 27 Seconds After Use!
Click here

I’m Calling “Bullshit” on The Top Three Distracted Driving Excuses!
Click here

Live video interview on TheShow.Live with EndDD.org founder, Joel Feldman
Click here

Why It’s Socially Responsible To “Call Out” Habitual Distracted Drivers
Click here

Our StopDD.today website (Facebook Group) at StopDD.today

Distracted Driving Social Media Community Survey

Please participate (and share) this 60 second community focused distracted driving survey!

To all business owners, social media users, and social media experts:

When you see someone updating social media or livestreaming while driving, do you believe this is a public safety issue? If so, what do you do, if anything, to fix the problem?

I ask this question because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and I’m trying to determine how the social media community feels about this issue. I’m writing a new blog post on the topic and would value receiving your confidential feedback to this short survey.

By the way, if before answering this survey, you need more facts about distracted driving, I invite you to see Sue Scheff recent post “The Habit Of Distracted Driving: It Only Takes A Glance” or the resources at StopDD.Today

Click to take this 60 confidential second survey on SurveyMonkey http://bit.ly/survey-dd and also please share with your family, friends, and social media communities. Thank you!


April 15th Update and Results: Click here to see the survey results.

Help Rotary Interactors Stop Distracted Driving!

Rotary District 5320 Interactors, together with other Rotarians and Rotary Interactors from around the world, are trying to stop distracted driving. This year my son, Garrett Jackson, is the Interact District 5320 Governor and he and his fellow Interactors are on a mission to raise awareness as to the dangers of distracted driving and, to stop distracted driving once and for all!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and on April 5th, Interactors will be using Thunderclap to share their work and message with the world using social media. On this date, the following message will automatically be shared by the Thunderclap platform to the followers of those supporters who have joined the distracted driving campaign. As of this date, 2,436,440 people will receive the following message at 5 pm ET:

“Please help #Rotary Interactors stop #DistractedDriving and save lives! #StopDD http://thndr.me/G4NNPN

If you’d like to be part of the Rotary Interactor’s Thunderclap campaign (and we hope you are), please click this link, share this page, and become part of the solution.

On behalf of all the hard working Interactors, thank you!

Mitch


Related links:

Thunderclap campaign
Rotary District 5320
Rotary Interact
Rotary International
Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary

StopDD.Today  |  EndDD.org  |  ItCanWait.com

CNN’s Kelly Wallace on TheShow.live

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and to help keep you and your family safe on the road, we invite you to watch our interview with CNN’s award winning Digital Correspondent & Editor-at-Large, Kelly Wallace.

Each week on TheShow.live, my co-host, Jennifer Hoverstad, and I enjoy bringing you fascinating people who are bringing change to the world. In this episode, we Kelly shared her research and reporting on the dangers of distracted driving and, several good insights as to the dangers of using your phone or other mobile device while driving.

During the show, we were joined by Jennifer Quinn of The JennyQ Show, and California police officer Mike Bires. As a community, we exchanged thoughts and ideas about the dangers of distracted driving and we also talked about the different ways we can help stop this dangerous and deadly activity.

Please watch Kelly’s powerful CNN series on distracted driving by clicking here.

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