The Most ignored aspect of Distracted Driving

Oh no! Not another article on distracted driving!

Oh yes! It is an article on distracted driving but with a twist. I am not going to bore you with how people text and talk on their phones while driving or how they eat, smoke and all them stuff we see all over the internet. Today I talk about 2 disturbing trends I have noticed recently.

1. Live streaming while driving
2. Unbelted children (unbelted because I can’t seem to find a better terminology).

First, let me remind you why this topic “Distracted Driving” is too important to ignore. Look at the statistics, distraction.gov tells me that:

1. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

2. The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manipu­lating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of driv­ers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.

Looking at the 2 trends I listed up there, you will easily conclude that young people are the culprits right? Well my observation tells me that adult are as guilty as the children. But why would you say that Ike?!

Live streaming while driving.

I recently opened a Facebook account and have been keeping busy with it. I have joined a few groups and even opened my own group. Facebook has a live streaming feature which bloggers and online entrepreneur have taken advantage of to help with their visibility and hopefully more business.

Many of these so called top guns are now taking the live streaming opportunity to a whole new level. I have seen a few times some of them live streaming while driving. Say what?! Why do they do that? They seem to think it’s cool. It is beyond dangerous. Just a few days ago, I saw a very ridiculous live stream where the lady kept looking down to her screen while driving possibly hoping to read comments and reply her viewers which is the norm if you were seated in your home or office and doing the live stream.

Dear Blogger and online entrepreneur, this is for you! Sit in a non-moving car parked in a nice secure and safe area to live stream if you must do it in a car but beware you could get robbed. Better still do it in the comfort of your home or office. Don’t make yourself look ridiculous all in the name of pleasing your fans. It’s not cool at all!

Unbelted children.

Unbelted children is a worrying trend I have been seeing for a couple of years now. It is so worrying I actually fail to concentrate on my own driving just because I am worried about the adults and kids in the car on the next lane! I see children leave their seats at the back to disturb the driver usually their parent. They expertly relocate to the front seat and even driver seat and suddenly become a nuisance in my eyes but an angel in the eyes of their parents and many parents indulge them!

Some carry their babies while driving and even breastfeed. I remember one telling my sister’s friend to mind her business when she tried to correct her and tell her what she was doing was dangerous.

Some children fight in the car and distract their parents!

Children must be seated in the car either with a seat belt, in their booster seat or car seat! My little cousins know not to mess with me when they get into my car. They immediately reach for the seat belt. They know not to fight but enjoy the ride.

Dear parent, please train your children to seat peacefully in the car. They should use the seat belt and remain in their seats be it a car seat, booster seat or just the seat! They must be belted.

So why have I mentioned these 2 trends?

Live streaming, unbelted children and other forms of distracted driving leads to accidents. Accidents that can cause loss of life of you the culprit, those in your car and other road users. Accidents that can lead to deformities and negatively change lives for ever.

Say no to live streaming while driving! Keep your children belted when on a journey however short it may be.

#BeHSEWise

  • Malcolm E Thornton

    I replied to one of your posts, and in perusing your website I came across this article. So, to add to your ammunition, I will relate a recent happening. I am a 72 yo male who, not to brag, maintained an active and healthy lifestyle via various means throughout life-running, soccer playing, coaching, and refereeing, marathoning, hiking, and cycling. Recently, in October, I went out the door for my “long” ride of the week, a 62 miler around Fort Bend County, and 10 minutes later at 9:10 in the morning, after the school and work traffic pulses had subsided, and there was literally no one on the road, with me up against the right side of the 2 lanes each direction road, right where I should have been, I was hit from behind by a 70 female motorist, who then fled the scene. She was later caught, but I spent 21 days in hospital and suffered a broken leg, a crushed shoulder, and a severe back injury. To date, I have had 3 operations, 2 to deal with the initial trauma, and 1 to deal with the back issues. I have been left with nerve damage, drop foot, a still “bad” back, and a shoulder that will most likely need other surgery. Exactly what the driver was doing when she should have been looking at the road is not clear. But with all the distractions the modern automobile is encumbered with, including texting, GPS mapping systems, phones, etc., it is not surprising. Jus sayin.