Don't Text and Drive Blog

Texting and Driving Hits Primetime Television

Posted by Robert Edgin on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Glee TV ShowThe Glee season finale ended with a texting and driving cliffhanger that showed the serious consequences of texting and driving. I applaud Glee and Fox TV for bringing such an important issue to prime time television and am very hopeful that millions of teens across North America will get the message that texting and driving don't mix.

Seeing a character that you've known and followed for years get involved in a serious accident can be very emotional and disturbing. The fact that Glee chose to have Quinn's accident caused by texting and driving shows how much of a national problem texting and driving has become.

The cast and crew of Glee have an opportunity to open next season with a serious conversation about texting and driving and I have high hopes that they'll do just that. Drivers (especially teen drivers) need repeated reminders that texting can - and does - kill people every day. Teens often fall into the false belief that a texting and driving accident could never happen to them because they are excellent texters, but the Glee episode showed the reality of texting and driving. Every text you send takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, which was just long enough for Quinn to end up in a potentially deadly accident.

Quinn tried to avoid her buzzing phone but ultimately gave into the temptation of picking it up and reading and then responding to her text messages. This is the same temptation that most teens face every day. The best way to make sure you don't text and drive is to put your phone away, out of reach, until you get to your next stop. There is no message and no news that can't wait 5-10 minutes for you to respond.

What will happen to Quinn during the next season? Did she survive the crash? Only Glee knows the answers at this point, the rest of us will just have to stay tuned to see.

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Make Sure You Have A DT (Designated Texter)

Posted by Robert Edgin on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 @ 02:24 PM

Meet Christian, my designated texter. Christian is my 13 year old son and he knIMAG0609 resized 600ows that his job (when we're in the car) is to take care of anything cell phone related. If you do NOT yet have a designated texter, you should! Here are a few reasons why:

  1. A designated texter allows you to stay in the loop with kids, co-workers, friends or family if you don't feel like you can turn off your phone and put it away.
  2. Although 89% of adult drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous, more than 1/2 admit that they still text and drive.
  3. Although the overwhelming majority of teen drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous, 2/3rds admit that they still text and drive.
  4. Having a designated texter keeps your eyes on the road - which is where they should be while you are driving.
  5. Having a designated texter teaches the texter to be safe while driving by setting the kind of example you want them to follow.

Christian knows that when we get in the car, I need to hand over the cell phone. If I ever forget, he reminds me. By the time he starts driving in a few years he'll know exactly what he's supposed to do with his phone when he gets in the car. Turning off your phone or putting it away when you get in your car is always the best option, but let's be honest, not everyone is going to do it. Having a designated texter is a great backup plan that will keep you and your designated texter safer on the roads because you won't be distracted with your cell phone.

Go find yourself a designated texter today and volunteer to be a designated texter whenever you're riding with someone. It's a great step towards making it to your destination safe and sound!

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