Message Monday

If you’re texting, you’re not driving

You know that it’s dangerous to use your phone when you’re driving. You may have even lectured others to put the phone down when behind the wheel. But when you hear that “ding” of an incoming text message, curiosity can get the best of you.  

Need a little help putting the phone down? Here are some ideas.

  1. Call or text before you leave. Let them know you’ll be driving and won’t be able to text back.
  2. Use an app to disable your phone while driving.
  3. As a passenger to be the designated texter.

There are several devices available to disable your phone in the car – here’s an example of one developed by a rocket scientist from Denver – https://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/technology/ct-distracted-driving-text-blocking-wp-bsi-20161211-story.html

For 2019, there have been five fatalities reported. The 2018 fatality count of as of Dec. 31 stands at 318. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf

January 14, 2019