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April 30, 2010

Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone" Campaign - Take the Pledge!!

After I dropped my kids off at school I headed to the bakery to buy some muffins for a school meeting. At the red light, I checked my phone and saw a text message from a friend who wanted to take a walk this morning. I thought it was a great idea to take a walk, so I promptly replied by texting that I can take a walk as soon as I go home to write my post in honor of the "No Phone Zone" campaign to help bring understanding to distracted driving.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?  Writing a text in my car - at a red light - to tell someone that I am writing a post about no distracted driving?

Even though I was texting at a red light - it was still texting in a car and it was distracting me from driving. This helped me realize how easy it was to get distracted while driving and that I NEED TO BE THE FIRST PERSON TO GET ON BOARD AND TAKE THE PLEDGE. From now on, my cellphone will be placed out of reach while I am driving. First thing I did when I got home was to sign the pledge.


Other ways to join the "No Phone Zone" Pledge:

MOBILE – Text to pledge = Text NPZ to 30644 

Project Overview Video on the "Create a No Phone Zone" = http://www.citizenglobal.com/harpoproductions/nophonezone/ 

No Phone Zone Causes Page = http://www.causes.com/nophonezone

TWITTER – The Oprah Show Profile = http://twitter.com/theoprahshow 

FACEBOOK – The Oprah Show Fan Page = http://www.facebook.com/oprahwinfreyshow 

and No Phone Zone Pledge - http://apps.facebook.com/causes/petitions/455 

Here is more important statistics and information from the Oprah Winfrey “No Phone Zone” campaign:

  • Every single time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger.  Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating. ~ U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood
  • New research findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that show nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured.
  • On any given day in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
  • Across the board, federal researchers who have directly observed drivers of all ages found that more and more people are using a variety of hand-held devices while driving – not just cell phones, but also iPods, video games, Blackberrys and GPS systems.
  • In particular, cell phone use for talking and texting is now more prevalent on our nation's roads, rail systems and waterways, carrying a dangerous potential for accidents


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I am with you. The cell phone is such a distraction and an addiction. I live in LA and am sometimes in the car for very long periods of time and find that i often can't resist the temptation to check it. I have started putting the phone in the backseat.

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