By Jena Williams

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that distracted driving is a big problem. There are laws against it, grieving families have told their stories, we know that statistically it’s even more dangerous than drunk driving – yet it’s still happening.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month so many organizations are pushing even harder to get the word out and get us to make the safe choice.

Personally, I believe it’s going to be peer-pressure that changes society’s behavior when it comes to distracted driving. It’s what has worked for smoking. I remember coming home as a horrified fourth grader to lecture my parents on their smoking habit. In those days, most adults smoked even in enclosed cars with their kids. Now, I almost never see kids struggling to breathe in the back of a smoky vehicle like my brother and I did.

I also remember not wearing seatbelts and being able to ride in the bed of the truck on hot summer days. Years later I bought a dog and had to sign a contract that I would never let her ride in the bed of a truck. Times have really changed!

I could go on all day with examples of how once generally accepted behavior gradually becomes unacceptable to a society. But how many smokers’ kids had to develop asthma or eventually lung cancer first? How many unbelted kids were thrown from vehicles before that became unacceptable?

We as a society need to make distracted driving unacceptable.

More information:

FMCSA: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/distracted-driving/overview.aspx

Distraction.gov: http://www.distraction.gov/

National Safety Council: http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/DDAM.aspx