Can you get away with being intexticated while driving?

We hear a lot about not driving while intoxicated but what about driving while intexticated?

Check out what Zane and Alice have to say.

Driving while texting is a big issue and can have some fairly serious effects, but rather than be a bit vague about it here are some hard facts and stats.

  • 23% of all car crashes worldwide involved cellphones - thats 1.3 million crashes
  • Every time you look at a text we're taking five seconds on average off the road.
  • You're 23 times more likely to crash if you're text messaging. 
  • 25% of young people see adults being intexticated
  • 1 in 5 drivers of all ages confess to actually surfing the web while they are driving.

We could go on but just those are enough to get the picture that texting while driving is pretty dangerous and very silly, just wait or pull over.

Can you get away with being intexticated? It's really not worth the risk.
So this summer, be safe and don't be intexticated while driving.

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Transcript

Zane
Welcome to Workshop Wednesday and it's DWI, Alice. 

Alice
What's that?

Zane
Well, DWI is Driving While Intexticated.
It sounds dodgy, doesn't it? Well it is quite dodgy.
So what they're saying is 23% of all car crashes involved cellphones.

Alice
That's a massive number.

Zane
It's quite a few, isn't it? That's 1.3 million crashes in a year around the world, and they reckon
that for every time you look at the old cellphone for a text we're taking five seconds
off the road.

Alice
Five seconds?

Zane
That's enough to drive a whole rugby field. You know, you could mow that whole rugby team out if you are texting.

Alice
That's huge.

Zane
It is huge. 
23 times more likely to crash if you're text messaging. 

Alice
That's a statistic I don't think I want to add to

Zane
Absolutely not. 
And younger people, you know, the younger people always on their text machines, they're out there doing it quite a lot, and they are more likely to text than the older people. You know, about half of them are texting and driving.

Alice
Why's that?

Zane
Well, they reason is that they reckon they are bulletproof and they can multi-task, you know, but they simply can't. and the other thing is they don't think it's a problem because they've seen-- about 25% of them have seen adults doing it.

Alice
Well, if you can do it then I can do it.

Zane
That's right. Well, frankly it's just not quite true. Here's some more facts here.
One in five drivers of all ages confess to actually surfing the web while they are driving.

Alice
Surfing the web?

Zane
So they're just searching some better driving instructions or something.

Alice
Check e-mails out.

Zane
That's right. I mean it's out of this world, isn't it? It's because these devices are so available, but yeah, driving while intexticated is not good,

Alice
So what can we do about it?

Zane
Well, I tell you what, I've actually got this with my kids, is I have a text free driving pledge. I tell them, if you see me even pick up my phone, you shout and you yell and you tell me don't do that, Dad. You're trying to kill us, what's wrong with you? 23 times.
So, you know, it's something that you could all share with your friends.

This Christmas, make sure you get through Christmas and don't drive while intexticated.

Alice
Think of the children.

Zane
Think of the children.
No more intexticated driving, and if you can say "intexticated" five times in a row without muffing it up, good on you.