Distracted Driving Awareness: Take the Pledge

By Victoria Cepeda

According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention , the use of cell phones while driving is higher in the U.S. than any of the European nations it was compared to.

  • 69 percent of surveyed U.S. drivers ages 18-64 said that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed, compared with a low of 21 percent of drivers from the United Kingdom.
  • 31 percent of drivers ages 18-64 in the United States reported that they had read or sent text messages or emails while driving, compared with a low of just 15 percent of drivers in Spain.
  • Distracted driving is a very dangerous behavior that increases the risk of a crash and crash-related injuries or death.
  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010.
    • In 2010, nearly one in five crashes (18%) in which someone was injured involved distracted driving.
    • In June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009.

For us this topic became personal.  Our neighbors lost their eight month old baby , this past week, after a distracted bus driver lost control of his bus that careened into parked cars and toppled a lamp post that fell on top of the baby’s carriage. The driver, according to witnesses, was on his cell phone.

While we cannot repair our neighbors’ tremendous loss, we ask that you make this pledge and share this story with your friends and family. Awareness is key to avoiding more distracted driving related deaths.

I will not become nor contribute to distracted driving statistics.

I will think of my loved ones and invest in a hands free mobile device

I will not text/talk and drive because distracted driving kills


In loving memory of Angelie J. Paredes



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