I heard on the news the other day that the Cops have taken on a new strategy. They are now using unmarked cars to ride alongside traffic and identify distracted drivers. They then radio ahead to a marked car to pull over the driver.
I have been thinking about that as I drive. I wonder why I feel more aware when I might get busted. I wish all cops were unmarked so I would be reminded that it is not about following speed limits and safety guidelines only when I know the cop might be around the bend. I find myself curious about this and am aware I want to live the same regardless of how the Cop might present themselves.
Now as I type that I am aware that feels rebellious. I would call myself a frequent offender of distracted driving or speeding. I somehow have myself believing that I do those things in a safe way. I find myself convicted about this and am aware I want to live the same regardless of if there is a cop present, in either a marked or unmarked car.
I make some kind of commitment to myself every time I hear of a tragedy of distracted driving. I am weary of the places in my own life where I am aware and do not change my actions. The decision lies fully within me. Tomorrow may be too late. I am clear that it is a matter of what is best for me and for those around me.
And so perhaps this blog is simply an insight into my thoughts tonight. I wonder if you are aware how distracted you are when you drive? Perhaps it is time to return to 10 and 2 on the steering wheel and keeping my eyes on the road 100% of the time.
As I did some research I found this on the DMV page.
Pledge to End Distracted Driving
The catastrophic consequences of distracted driving grow higher each year. Consider the following:
- 9 people die every day in the United States from driving distracted.
- 11% of car accidents leading to fatalities are related to distracted driving.
- When texting, your eyes are off the road for 5 seconds. That’s the length of a football field when driving at 55 MPH.
- You are 3 times more likely to crash when performing a visual or manual activity—such as reaching for a phone or the radio.
Pledge to Take Back Your Focus Today
I pledge today, not only to myself but to those I care about, that I will: