April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Please join our community, lead by example, and remind others about the dangers of #DistractedDriving. Get sharable resources (pics, videos, statistics and more) at StopDD.today EndDD.org ItCanWait.com and NSC.org
[May 2018 Update: Case has been resolved to client’s full satisfaction]
Our client is a victim of distracted and reckless driving.
In only a second or two, her life was turned upside down after being struck by a distracted driver. It can happen to you too.
She did nothing wrong and is an innocent victim. Here’s what happend.
As she did every night after getting home from work, our client was lawfully walking across the parking lot driveway at her townhouse complex to get the mail. When she started to cross, there were no cars.
Just before making it all the way across the driveway, a vehicle entered the parking area from the main street and approached our client from the left. Our client observed the drivers head looking down (probably at her phone but it doesn’t really matter).
What does matter is that she wasn’t being careful or watching where she was going. If she was she would have easily observed our client.In the next second or two, our client watched the vehicle approach and strike her as she turned to the side to try and avoid the collision.
EndDD.org Announces the Winners of the 2017 SADD Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest. Click here to watch and please share if you care!
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.
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?
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!