While attending the Oprah Winfrey Show a few weeks ago, we were asked to sign a pledge for Oprah’s cause to eliminate cell phone use and texting while driving. If you have tuned in to the OWS recently you would have noticed Oprah concludes her show each day with a “Bob Barker-esque” plea to stop calls and texts from your moving car. Often she will show the picture and relate the life story of a death of a victim killed by a negligent texter driving home the senseless result of this emerging fixation.
Considering myself to be a fairly good driver for over forty-five years, I admit to being guilty of both phoning and texting while driving. However, since taking the pledge I have made myself more aware of using the phone to see if the propensity for my IPhone extended to my driving time. It did, and does! While behind the wheel I find myself reaching for my cell phone as I enter the highway to check in when what I was doing in actuality was checking out on my attention to driving. I no longer text while I am driving. I do make phone calls, and I am trying to drastically reduce the use of my phone in the car.
I may not be as powerful as Oprah Winfrey, but my beliefs are equally as strong. Please consider signing the pledge today at www.oprah.com and make a difference in your world.