My post this week is a departure from the usual sort of material you will find at this site. I want to share an article with you about cell phone usage and driving. Before you say, “Oh, Brother!” consider this:
· We are to be responsible stewards of the gifts God gives us.
· We are to care for our bodies, as they are temples of the Holy Spirit.
· And we are to love one another, which surely must include looking out for one another’s safety.
With all of that in mind, I’d like to share this information from the March/April 2019 issue of Texas Journey (page 9, to be exact.) These bulleted points are findings by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and I’m sure are not a comprehensive list of the facts. Note, also, that this list doesn’t distinguish between hand-held use and hands-free use, as both pose risk.
- Looking at a phone for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash.
- At a speed of 55 miles per hour, a driver texting for only five seconds will travel the length of a football field, driving virtually blind before looking at the road again.
- Mental distraction can linger for up to 27 seconds after using an electronic device.
- Drivers using cell phones [to either talk or text] are up to four times more likely to crash.
- The safest way to drive is simply not to use the cell phone when driving.
My friends, I hope you will reconsider your need to multitask. Turn on some praise music and focus on the drive. If we all do that, somewhere down the road many lives will be saved.
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