My first question is what is taking so long to ban texting while driving in the other states. Lawmakers are basically saying, it's OK to do it. Everyday that goes by without a law (and one that has teeth) risks countless lives and is a vote of irresponsibility by lawmakers.
Next, where are the wireless companies on all this? Where are the Public Service Announcements (PSAs)? Go to Verizon.com or ATTwireless.com and try to find any safety information about TWD or cell phone calls while driving. ATT's message is buried deep in their web page; I could not find anything on Verizon's site. Feels similar to the cigarette companies who are delighted to be making money on a hot trend and look the other way at the dangers. It's not like they have to tell people not to use their product, just stop while driving.
But let's not stop at the wireless carriers. Two hottest devices, iPhone and Blackberry. Where are their warnings and PSAs? I'm OK with promoting hands free devices under the veil of safety, but neither of these sites has visible messages about the dangers of TWD.
We need to pressure them to do the right things:
- Contact your state senator & representative to enact legislation banning TWD and hands-on phone calls while driving in Massachusetts. (Yes, I've written to mine, including Gov. Patrick.)
- Contact AT&T & Verizon to create warnings, PSAs and messaging on their web site to do the same
- Contact Apple, Blackberry, Google, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Samsung to all do the same.
Make these companies use their corporate profits to educate people to act responsibly when driving.