Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompsonEnlarge Photo
Not sure how many people saw the ad in AutoWeek a few weeks ago that showed a pistol and a blackberry with blood all over the background.
I thought it was one of the most effective ads I've seen in quite a long time. I e-mailed the ad to almost everybody in my address book.
It's amazing to me that the government hasn't passed a federal law banning all talking and texting while driving.
While I would never try to compare this to what happened on 9/11, when we were attacked and lost close to 4,000 innocent people, it's unbelievable to me that citizens of our country can sit still while 6,000 people die every year--and no one blinks an eye.
Below is the text from the ad.
When is a cell phone a weapon? Whenever you drive a car and use one. It's that simple. And that deadly. Last year, nearly 6,000 fatalities and over half a million injuries were caused by distracted drivers. In fact, texting behind the wheel is so dangerous that it can reduce a driver's response time by 18% - or the seconds it takes to miss a stop sign, run an intersection and broadside a family.
Whatever you have to say on the phone can wait until you're out of the car. Unless it's goodbye.