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Graphic Texting Video

These girls were texting and driving. Do NOT text and drive. This could be you. It’d be great if we could get everyone to agree to stop texting & driving.

Be aware that this is a graphic video of a car crash. There is blood in this video. Please don’t watch if you’re squeamish.

*WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

Texting

  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses. On this page, you’ll find facts and statistics that are powerfully persuasive. If you don’t already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to learn more. And, as with everything on Distraction.gov, please share these facts with others. Together, we can help save lives.

 

Key Facts and Statistics

  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.
  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)

 *Stop texting & driving

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Powerful Inspiration

I weep EVERY time I watch this. Even if you’ve seen it a bunch of times – watch it again. Inspire others.  This is an inspirational video of Derek Redmond – who tore his hamstring during the 1992 Olympics. His father ran out to the stands to help him.  Watch this & be inspired.

 

 

Things don’t always work out the way you think they will. Derek Redmond was favored to medal in the Olympic 400 meter sprint. 1500 meters into the race, Derek fell to the ground with a torn hamstring. He kept on running in pain. A man broke through security to help him. It was his father. With tears streaming down Derek’s face, his Daddy helped him finish the race.

Shortly before the finish line, Derek’s father let him complete the race alone. He received a standing ovation from a crowd of over 65,000 people. Even though he was in agony, Derek finished the race.

I try to work hard and inspire others. I only hope that I’ve inspired my children as much as Derek’s father helped him. You may never know how what you do – will help others. You cannot fail when you never give up.

Find an inspirational quote that really appeals to you.   Write it on a piece of paper.  Once you’ve written it down, you should cut it out and put it somewhere where you’ll see it several times a day.  I put things on my bathroom mirror.  But, others place it  on their refrigerators.  Only by reading it several times a day and by believing it will it become a part of your belief system.

But, don’t just read it ..…  Feel it! If you put it in context with the personal issues you are dealing with right now it will give you a new and more positive perspective on your current situation.

 

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