Distracted Driving. It’s everywhere. Spend a few minutes on the highway and you’ll pass any number of individuals talking on their phones, plugging in GPS directions, or even updating their facebook status. Distracted Driving is not only reckless, it can also be fatal. As cell phone use has been linked to many cases of distracted driving, Verizon is upping it’s commitment to safe driving, and taking “the lead in educating the public and supporting legislation and new technological solutions for driving responsibility.” Bravo Verizon! Let’s see what they’re doing to help the community.
Verizon believes that we all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe. Especially when it comes to distracted driving and cell phone use. In Verizon’s new campaign, they’re educating their users on the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel, with videos and information delivered straight to your phone, here.
They’re also support change at the state and federal level, stepping up their support of cell phone use bans while driving, and developing a Responsible Driver Action Plan, incorporating commitments to include responsible driving messaging in company advertising and customer communications.
Verizon also wants us to be mindful when we get behind the wheel, and has provided some fast facts for us to consider before we pick up our cellphones in the car:
Fast Fact 1 – You are 23 times more likely to be in an accident if you are texting while driving compared to not texting
Fast Fact 2 – 89% of American adults think that sending a text message or email while driving is dangerous and should be outlaws.
Fast Fact 3 – 41 states have laws that ban sending text messages while driving
I applaud Verizon for their efforts, and hope that other cellphone companies follow suit. Drivers can’t just be hearing this from law enforcement, the phone companies, insurance providers, community advocates, everyone should be pushing for awareness, and an end to distracted driving. Good job Verizon, let’s just hope everyone else is as committed as you!