Texting while driving: Push for UN ban; Honda safety campaign
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is pushing for a UN resolution backing a ban on texting while driving. And as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Honda has launched a campaign reminding millennials of the dangers of texting while driving.
It is illegal in 43 states and DC to text while driving. Power said in her speech, Too many drivers simply donêt understand the danger of taking their eyes, even briefly, from the road. She cited research showing that cell phone users are over five times more likely to get in an accident than undistracted drivers, and that texting while driving can delay a driverês reactions as much as a 0.08 blood-alcohol level, the same as a drunk driver. More U.S. teenagers have been killed while texting than because they were drinking, said Power.
Although young people are not the only ones attached to their cell phones, they may be especially vulnerable. To reach that group, Honda has launched a social media program using emoticons to highlight the dangers of texting while driving. Messages on Hondaês social platform provide information about distracted driving and tips on ways to stay focused while driving.Download Bulletin PDF