Never turn a blind eye when it comes to safety. UPSer Dan Bledsoe proves you should never turn a deaf ear either.
Dan is a member of our tractor trailer safety team, and recently he heard something he couldn’t believe on a Roanoke, Virginia radio station.
The station was encouraging teens behind the wheel to text in their answers to contest questions.
That wasn’t music to Dan’s ears. “I could just see it in my mind — an accident happening somewhere,” he said.
He picked up the phone and called the station.
One ring. Two rings. Three rings. To his amazement, the disc jockey answered. After introducing himself, Dan explained why UPS doesn’t condone texting and driving. Dan asked the DJ, “Do you know how dangerous that is?”
Changing her tune, the disc jockey returned to the air and instructed listeners not to text and drive. She also gave Dan some air time to take the UPS safety message to her listening audience.
Distracted driving diverts a person’s attention away from the task of driving. But text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, making it the most alarming distraction.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded.
Do you know who the most serious offenders of texting and driving are? The young, inexperienced drivers the station first asked to text in their answers.
Dan tops our safety playlist for taking to the airwaves and making more drivers aware of texting and driving dangers.
b sAf. Don’t txt & driV.
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