In our fifth podcast, we discuss the importance of paying attention while driving. Duh, we know. But, come on — so many of us have been guilty of driving while texting, or after having “just a couple” glasses of wine.
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Texting while driving is not cool. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. DON’T DO IT. Every 44 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Last year, nearly 12,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Just around Christmas and New Year’s, 316 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
Really, all of this comes down to paying attention to what we are doing. To not being so cocky about what we are capable of. As part of that, we also ended up veering off into the realm of how technology can distract us from our lives: from our children, our spouses, our work. So, this holiday season, and into the new year, think about what’s important to you and make a pledge to pay attention. Pay attention to how you feel after a party and don’t drive if you feel buzzed. Pay attention when you’re driving and don’t text. Pay attention at your meetings and don’t drift off into Twitter or get sucked into your laptop. Pay attention when your kids are in the bath and don’t play with your phone.
And hey, we’re not preaching here: we are pots calling the kettles black. We’re just as guilty of all of this behavior, and we’ll be making the same pledge.
- Visit the Buzzed Driving website and play a game demonstrating the difference between buzzed and drunk.
- View the UK PSA on texting while driving [warning: it’s graphic]
- Download a Cab Finder app from iTunes to use over the holidays: Call a Cab (free), Rocket Taxi ($1.99), Call a Taxi ($1.99)
- Then, to make yourself feel better, laugh through Tremendous News’ 5 Events You Should Never Tweet Through
Happy Holidays. Be safe, friends. And pay attention to the stuff that’s important to you.
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This post is in honor of Meghan’s best friend Catherine Anne Bollo, who was hit by a drunk driver 20 years ago today and died on Christmas Eve day. She was 15 years old.
It is also dedicated to Nancy’s cousin Dusty Michelle Futrall, who died in a distracted-driving car accident in 1990 at the age of 19.