We’ve all seen the headlines. You know it’s dangerous. You’ve probably lectured other drivers, your kids, and your friends about it. But many Oregonians still report using their smartphones while driving.
Studies have shown that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence. According to the Society of Trauma Nurses, this single behavior delays your reaction time to the same or a greater degree than driving while intoxicated. This is because sending and receiving texts takes the driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds—enough time to travel the length of a football field when traveling 55 mph.
With more than 3.1 million registered drivers in Oregon, roadway safety is a major concern for all of us – regardless of whether you get around by bus, bike, walking, or driving.
The team at Quinn Thomas has been working closely with AT&T to help get the word out about the dangers of texting and driving in Oregon. Supporting their national #ItCanWait campaign, our team has been helping promote this issue, including media engagements at AT&T’s #ItCanWait simulator at Pioneer Place during the Major League Soccer All Star Week in August.
We are proud to have been a part of raising awareness about this important issue. Last month, we joined AT&T as they hosted their #ItCanWait simulator at the Capitol, including a pledge signing event with Oregon’s legislative leadership. We also supported the company in their work with Governor Kitzhaber’s office to develop a proclamation of September 19th as Oregon Distraction-Free Driving Day.
We hope that you will join us, AT&T, and the more than 5 million drivers in the U.S. in taking the pledge to stop distracted driving – and save lives on our roadways.