This post was sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ “Decide to Drive” distracted driving awareness program, in partnership with the Auto Alliance, to remind you to always “decide to drive.”
This is my oldest daughter, my baby, my talented, caring, amazing little girl (isn’t she pretty?)
This month she will be old enough to drive and I have to confess that it terrifies me. Actually it scares her too, she doesn’t want to drive, she is perfectly content having me play taxi for the rest of her life. Our fears come from the same place. Distracted drivers. Every time we go somewhere we witness distracted driving; the guy texting while cruising down the highway at 75 MPH, the woman applying her make up while driving in rush hour traffic, the other day we even saw someone changing clothes while driving! What ever happened to hands on the wheel? How am I supposed to let my sweet girl out on the road when it seems like no one is paying attention while they are driving?
This is why I’ve teamed up with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving with their Decide to Drive campaign. Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes? That is way too many lives lost or forever changed because of a text, phone call or the need for longer lashes.
There was recently a story in the news that brought tears to my eyes. A young woman was driving and her favorite song came on the radio, she just had to share with her friends at that moment how she felt when she heard that song. “[this song] makes me happy” she posted to Facebook……seconds later she crashed head on with another vehicle going the opposite direction and was instantly killed. It breaks my heart that a beautiful young woman is gone forever and her family has to suffer this horrible loss, all because she couldn’t wait to post to Facebook. It’s time to stop sacrificing precious life, it’s time to Decide to Drive!
The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel. Decide to Drive is sponsored by orthopaedic surgeons (you know, the people who put humpty dumpty’s bones and limbs back together after crashes and traumas) and automakers who would rather help all drivers “decide to drive” each time they get in the car and to keep bones, limbs and life intact.
The most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times. It’s time to get back to basics, remember day one of driver’s ed……keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. That’s it! That simple act could have saved 3,328 lives in 2012. It’s up to all of us to keep our roads safe, say no to texting while driving, to selfies behind the wheel, to everything else that takes our focus off the road. Whatever it is, it can wait.
It’s time to take back our roads and Decide to Drive! Who’s with me?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.