Don’t blame the phones!
Many states, including Georgia, have passed law making texting while driving illegal. Two gets very upset with you if you even look at your phone while driving, even if 500 people are texting you about the MARTA pub crawl which starts in 15 minutes. But I recently came across a great editorial by Clive Thompson in Wired magazine that says the problem isn’t the texting (imagine, techies don’t think texting is bad) but the driving.
The column makes the claim that texting has become our default means of communicating. It most certainly is my default means of commuting with One and That’s MARTA, with e-mail coming in as a close second. Apparently American’s send more than 100 billion texts a month. If we refuse to put down the cells and smart phones, then how can we expect to curtail the countless texting-while-driving related crashes?
Park the car and get on the bus! Thompson points out that you can text, e-mail, and blog on transit and be completely safe. Being in the car is wasted time, especially if you’re going anywhere near the Perimeter, but commuting doesn’t have to be.
And in fact, subways are safer for kids and teens who can’t put down the phone long enough to drive. An article by thecityfix.com states how the death rate for children due to fatal crashes is half that of the national average. Why? One would suggest that it’s because they rely more heavily on public transportation.
So to borrow a fine quote from Thompson, “Let’s get our hands off the wheel and onto the keypad – where they belong.”