I grew up on a farm about 2 hours west of Toronto where the only traffic to slow me down was the occasional tractor or snow plow that wouldn’t let me pass. Now that I’ve moved to the big city, the idea of traffic has changed drastically!
Earlier this year, I was driving home from work in a bumper to bumper traffic jam. I was patiently crawling through traffic, driving slower than a turtle race, when I noticed in my rearview mirror that the driver behind me was distracted on his cell phone. For about 5 minutes as I could see this man, regularly looking down at his phone when he suddenly drove right into my bumper. Right away I knew that his carelessness was due to him paying more attention to his phone than having his eyes on the road. I was furious! How dare he hit my car which I am proud of and pay an arm and a leg for! As I got out of my car to have a word with this man, I noticed he had a baby seat in the back. Fortunately, there wasn’t a child in the seat, however if there had been, that child could have suffered whiplash or worse.
This got me thinking… I am also guilty of occasionally checking my messages or making a quick call while driving. It’s too bad that it often takes incidences like these, to realize it’s not worth the risk! Did you know that 40% of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors sustained their brain injury as a result of an automobile collision? Also, distracted driving is cited as a factor in 30 to 50 percent of traffic collisions in Ontario, however, this statistic is probably much higher due to under-reporting (such as my incident). These numbers could be drastically reduced if we all eliminated using our cell phones while driving. The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) has created the D.O.N.T campaign to help stop texting and driving. When you choose to text and drive, you are choosing to drive blind. This can result in a serious crash which can cause brain injuries, disabilities and death. I have made the pledge to stop texting and driving, perhaps you should to!