Do you ‘Text’ and ‘Drive’
Could you be on the next billboard?
Do you text and drive? Then shame on you says Brian Singer from San Francisco who has decided to take pictures of any culprits and posts the photos on his site, named ’TWIT Spotting’ the TWIT also stands for texting while in traffic!
TWIT Spotting started when Brian realised that there was a huge number of people on his daily commute staring at a tiny screen instead of staring at the road while they are operating a two-ton killing machine also known as a ‘car’. He said “ I’ve been blown away by the number of people texting while in traffic on the freeway, for every nose picker there is twenty texters, unofficial estimation by me.”
Apart from loading pictures to his website he also asks passengers of other vehicles to take photos of anyone using their mobile phones and submit them to him. He has now taken a new step to shaming motorists by renting out billboards in San Francisco to display photos of texting drivers. He said “my hope is that it will freak some people out and make them think twice before picking up the phone while driving. My greater hope is that it inspires others to start taking photos too, if enough people started doing this it could have a dramatic effect on peoples behaviour.” There are eleven billboards so far of TWITing drivers.
Distraction is deadly when driving. Drivers need to keep their mind and eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel to drive safely. Giving into distractions is a bit like drink-driving: it affects reaction times and control, and could easily cost someone their life.
There is no doubt that texting has caused accidents and even death and we should not be doing it. Eating and drinking on the move might seem harmless but research shows it reduces our ability to react quickly. Research says on long journeys, stop for breaks every two hours and use that time to catch up on phone calls and messages and do any personal grooming you need to do. When you get back in the car, then our mind should be completely back on the road?
So what do you believe? Should you keep your your journey clear of texting, eating, drinking, smoking to keep safe or are you thinking how many emails have I missed? Do we need a ‘Brian Singer’ in the UK or is the law enough to stamp it out?