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Cristina’s Corner

Senior Editor’s Message

Be honest. By now you’ve probably already broken most, if not all, your New Year’s resolutions. Am I right? This year, I propose taking a pledge that you can not only commit to but also one that will actually make a difference.

We’ve all heard the scary statistics about distracted drivers. In fact, South Florida has gained quite a reputation in the past couple of years as one of the states with drivers most likely to run red lights, speed, text and talk on cell phones while driving, according to Reuters. Ouch! Not something to be very proud of.

Let’s commit to be safer drivers and to avoid making senseless mistakes while on the road, which not only puts our lives in danger, but also the lives of innocent people around us.

Yet how many of us continue to multi-task while driving regardless of the potential consequences? This year, let’s say ‘enough is enough’. I invite you to join OUTLOUD’s staff editor Raph Sangiovanni and rbbPR in their quest to have as many people as possible join the movement to stop multi-tasking while driving. All you have to do is go to www.outloud.com, click on Never Ever Initiative, sign the pledge and keep true to your promise.

Think about it, it’s a simple little act but one that can make a huge difference in our community. Let’s commit to be safer drivers and to avoid making senseless mistakes while on the road, which not only puts our lives in danger, but also the lives of innocent people around us. Next time you’re tempted to reach over and text, think of what you are putting at risk. Is that text or call really worth being the last one you ever get?

What do you say? It’s easy. So let’s take the pledge and make it happen! Share this with your friends and family. The more of us there are the bigger the impact we will make. Safe and smart for 2011 looks good on you, South Florida.

Florida lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation banning texting while driving in 2011. Here are just a few eye-opening statistics:

  • One in five adult drivers send texts while driving.
  • A driver who texts is six times more likely to cause an auto accident than a drunk driver.
  • 47 percent of drivers under age 35 with cell phones say they text while driving.
  • Texting drivers take their eyes off the road for nearly five seconds at a time which, according to reports, is enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.
  • Most Americans admit that talking on a cell phone and texting are two of the most dangerous things to do when driving. Yet, 67 percent admit to making phone calls while driving.
  • Studies indicate that distracted driving causes one out of every four U.S. crashes.
  • Text messaging while driving increases the risk of accidents by 23 times. *source: Virginia Tech Driving Institute
  • 7 out of 10 U.S. drivers admit to text messaging while driving. *source: America Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety

Compiled with information from ArticlesBase.com


By Cristina Jaramillo

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