We at Milestone are proud to bring our clients, friends and colleagues the latest edition of Living Safer Magazine. This issue focuses on distracted driving – a safety epidemic that kills and injures thousands of people in our country every year.
There’s no doubt that in our era of constant connectivity and multitasking, it’s easy to fall into bad habits while driving. We text and search the Internet on our phones all day long without batting an eye. Many people are confident they can also multitask while driving – after all, what difference could just a few seconds make?
But think of it this way: texting takes a person’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. If the vehicle is moving at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. That’s terrifying.
The problem certainly isn’t only with cell phones. Distracted driving can also include eating and drinking, interacting with passengers, using a GPS or reading a map – anything a person is doing in addition to driving. We hear more about cell phone use in terms of distracted driving because using a phone is particularly dangerous. Text messaging, surfing social media and using apps all require the driver’s visual, manual and cognitive attention. That’s all three types of distraction, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and it’s a deadly combination.
In short, drivers should focus on nothing other than the task of driving. It’s that simple. Check out the articles in this issue to learn more, and join us in pledging to ignore the phone, food, GPS and everything else when behind the wheel. You could save a life tomorrow by making the choice to drive distraction-free.
We ask our readers to share this important issue of Living Safer with colleagues, friends, and family members to help save lives on the roadways.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).