Put It Down to Save Your Life
The title of this post is lifted from the OSHA website's home page urging drivers to turn off their cell phones earlier this month in recognition of the Second National Distracted Driving Summit that was being held in Washington, DC. The OSHA site provides a link to www.distraction.gov for more detail. There's a wealth of information on this official government website including sobering statistics on highway fatalities and laws enacted by each state to control distracted driving.
This message from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood sums up the danger of distracted driving : "Every single time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road—even for just a few seconds—they put their lives and the lives of others in danger. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating."
So, to do your part in avoiding the tragic consequences of distracted driving on our highways and byways, put it down and remember these words from the otherwise-reckless Jim Morrison: Keep your eyes on the road, and your hands upon the wheel.