Wednesday, May 19, 2021

With ever-increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today’s busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks at once is something we all face daily. As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America’s roadways that demand immediate attention: distracted driving. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field.

Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.

So the next time anyone is pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember there could be deadly consequences because someone decided they could do two things at once. A text or call is not worth anyone’s life.