With text messaging really taking off in last few years, the use of your mobile phone while driving has become an important concern.
While many drivers talk on their device while driving, even more send text messages. In an attempt to end this behavior, many provinces and states across North America have banned the use of hand held devices while driving, inflicting heavy fines and license suspensions on those who break the law.
A recent survey of 6,000 people by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) revealed that 88% of people said text messaging while driving is a â€œvery seriousâ€ safety threat. 83% of those polled said impaired driving is a safety threat and talking on a cell phone while driving came in at 65%.
As implied by the poll, text messaging while driving is a real concern, especially since your eyes are taken completely off the road. It is crazy to think that people do this, but you see it every day! I, too, admit to this irresponsible behavior with my iPhone while driving.
Regarding the matter, CAA spokesman Ian Jack had the following to say:
â€œIt signals a sea shift for people. Itâ€™s part of Canadian culture now that, for almost everyone, you donâ€™t get impaired and get behind the wheel of a car. The message hasnâ€™t sunk in yet that itâ€™s a really bad idea to be looking at your wireless device while driving.
Weâ€™re dealing right now with a generation of teenagers who seem to have their wireless devices stapled to their hands, 24/7. Older drivers donâ€™t have that habit and a lot of people who are about to get their driverâ€™s licence do have that habit of constantly texting. The problem is only going to get worse.â€
Food for thought.