Distracted drivers

Close your eyes and count for 5 seconds. Now, imagine driving 55 MPH with your eyes closed that long. Scary, right?

It gets worse. Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.

There is a new website that has been covered by many big news sources lately called twitspotting.com. TWIT stands for “texting while in traffic”. It took just a few people to get irritated enough to start the movement and it is taking off. The purpose of this website is to snap pictures of distracted drivers you see and submit them to the website. They have even gone as far as posting some of the pictures to billboards in order to get their point across. So what do you say, should we help them out?

The guidelines are simple:

You can’t take photos while you’re driving. That’s just stupid. You must be a passenger, or not in a vehicle.

Any sort of distracted driving is fair game (using a phone, putting on makeup, reading the paper).

However you photograph be safe. Don’t endanger yourself, or distract other drivers. Keep in mind that laws vary by state, so we’re just documenting bad behavior.

In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month don’t be a part of the 660,000 drivers that are using their phones right now while driving. And I am not just talking cars on a freeway, countless times I see farmers talking on their phones in tractors, so stop the madness and take part in the movement!

TWIT Spotting

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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