I am finished with texting, calling, tweeting.. all of it, at least while I’m driving.
From this day forward I am hanging up and tuning in to Today.
I’m thrilled to get a stylish, multimedia enabled phone from the Sony Ericsson lineup since I use my mobile phone all the time. Not just to talk (that’s actually an afterthought). I use it to text, Tweet, update Facebook, share photos and post video all over the web. As you can imagine, I need a phone that can keep up.
My new team here at Sony is getting used to my constant connectivity and it’s with this in mind the blog moderator, Dave made a comment to me that really struck a nerve.
He asked me if I texted while driving. We’ve both been following the news this week showing the number of accidents causes by distracted drivers. Nearly 6,0000 people died last year in the U.S. and about a half-million were injured on American roads because someone operating a vehicle was busy doing something other than keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. The numbers are so bad that the Obama administration has signed an executive order banning government employees from texting while driving. It’s already the law here in California and a few other states. But, law or not, it’s so tempting to have phone in hand while driving from point A to point B.
However the idea of hurting others or myself while doing this, makes my heart sink. With this in mind, I’m making an important change in my life and kicking another bad habit to the curb. I will not be available by phone, from this day forward, while behind the wheel. I also vow not to text, Tweet or take pictures while I am behind the wheel. I am a wired girl, but when I’m driving I promise not to let technology distract my driving. I know hands-free and Bluetooth devices are great for most people. For me, I’m going to conduct phone free commutes.
So, why am I blogging about this here in the Sony Electronics Community? Well, since becoming a blogger I’ve discovered online communities are powerful. I’ve experienced first hand a global group of friends supporting me in goals, helping me through challenges in life and celebrating accomplishments. This is a new challenge for me and maybe, just maybe, it’s right for you.
Who wants to join me?
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