A recent study was released stating that texting while driving is 23 more times dangerous that not driving while texting. I love these studies that come out with things that we kind of already new were true, but didn’t want to admit. I myself am a culprit of texting while driving. With Oregon’s new ‘no cell phones while driving’ rule passed and being implemented soon, I am frustrated that all I’ll be able to do when I drive is sit and look at the road.
We’ve developed a society that is so rushed and bent on multi-tasking that we ought to be skilled enough to drive and text at the same time. Perhaps driver’s education classes ought to begin teaching students how to drive while texting or talking on the phone? Maybe if we gave students enough practice of texting while driving than they would be less likely to get in a fender bender with the car in front of them while sending an ‘lol’ to their friends?
Furthermore, Facebook could take see a serious drop in status updates if texting is disallowed while driving. I know there have been countless times that I have had the chance to tell people what I’m doing every second by updating my facebook and twitter while driving. My wife LOVES it when I text while driving. It gives her a chance to watch the road and get an adrenaline rush. Its my gift to her while we’re on the road.
I am appalled that our government would try and regulate our cell phone use while driving. The cell phone is a symbol of American independence, proof that were are not burdened or addicted to technology, but using it in powerful and transforming ways. The amount of meaningful text conversations throughout the country would make George and the other founding fathers proud of what we’ve become!
So in conclusion, texting may be dangerous while driving, but only because we need to train our drivers more thoroughly, giving them the proper tools to function in this ‘high-octane’ society. Learning how to multi-task by driving, texting, listening to music, talking to friends and combing their hair, all at the same time.
Here’s to making the roads safer!