It doesn't take much common sense to know in order to drive safely we need to keep our hands on the wheel and our eyes on the road! DUH!! Keeping our wits sharp as we maneuver through traffic our focus must be on what is going on around us.
There are pedestrians, cyclists, construction, weather conditions that need our undivided attention. The reality is many drivers engage in distracting activities: talking on a cell phone, eating, fussing with radio stations, talking to their kids and now texting.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration report in 2008 nearly 6,000 people were killed and more than 500,000 injured in crashes involving distracted driving.
TEXTING is one of the most dangerous distracted-driving behaviors. It takes drivers hands off the wheel and their eyes and minds off the road. The city of Austin recently passed an ordinance, effective January 2, which bans all drivers from texting while driving.
Nationwide, 18 states and the District of Columbia currently ban all drivers from texting. AAA Texas supports all efforts to prohibit texting while driving, a move they feel will save lives and make our daily travel less stressful.
We, as real estate agents, are acutely aware of how much texting goes on. Remember we carry huge liability when showing property. Texting and talking on the phone while driving are two of the most dangerous behaviors one can entertain. We need to behind the movement to save lives and cut down on needless accidents.