Last month news and write ups concerning the adverse outcomes of texting while driving had flooded the blogosphere showcasing a video of a teenaged girl bruised with her unconscious friends lying close to their death as the consequence of loosing control while texting behind the wheels .
Texting while you drive now may leave you fined heavily but Tweeting before you get on the roads may offer a better journey.
At least 22 states that ban texting while driving offer some motorists information about traffic tie-ups, road conditions or emergencies via Twitter. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have banned all texting while driving, and eight others prohibit texting by younger drivers only, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Other places offering traffic information via Twitter include: California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Drivers should “check our Web site before leaving. If you’re at your office, before you leave and there’s an issue on the roadway, it might alter your travel plans home,” said Randy Ort, spokesman for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
Here are some tweets detached from the twitterstream of Washington state twitosphere.
“Got home, got changed, now heading back to seattle for the Mariners game. Keep the roads clear for me on I90 (at)WSDOT :-),” one user posted in late August. The reply from transit officials? “No promises, but we will do our best Enjoy the game!”
Others want to know why traffic isn’t moving. “wsdot any idea what’s going on westbound on 520? it’s worse than rush hour..,” a user posted. Within a few minutes, officials responded: “Yes! There is a disabled vehicle just east of Lk Wash Blvd blocking right lane.”
While Washington state lets motorists tweet about traffic conditions, in most states the flow of information is from state officials to drivers. Some states, such as New York and Indiana, send lots of up-to-the-minute information. Maine has employed Twitter only to update drivers on an interstate highway project in the Portland area. Nebraska plans to use Twitter during winter weather emergencies. Oregon officials notify drivers about emergency road closings only.
News source: Yahoo!
However its a major concern if these tweets fly from the driver’s seat instead when he is off the road. Here are some national examples of accidents caused by texting and driving:
- In April, 2009, the driver of an semi truck revealed he was texting just prior to slamming into a school bus in Florida, killing one student passenger.
- A Boston public transit conductor said texting kept him from seeing a red light. His trolley rear-ended another trolley, injuring 49.
- On September 12, 2008, the operator of a California commuter train sent a text message 22 seconds before the train crashed, 25 people were killed and 135 injured. The train failed to stop at a red signal.
- The evening of June 26, 2007, five teenage girls were killed in a fiery head-on collision in Rochester, New York. Local officials said it was due to text messaging.
When I think about all the possible dangers associated with technology (cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate material, online and game addiction and even the remote chance of being harmed by a predator), nothing strikes me as scarier than texting while driving.Well such articles disseminating awareness about driving safely have formed a vital element of the Web since years but very few of us have actually implemented these measures in our lives. Those waiting for a mishap to teach you the haunting lesson of life , sit down and ask yourself…Is your life only worth a short string of words?