The last word is yet to be out on what caused Tuesday's train accident near Arakkonam on Tuesday that killed 10 people and injured more than 65 others. But reports that H.Rajkumar, the motorman of the EMU that crashed into a passenger train, was talking on his mobile immediately before the crash have shocked railway officials and doctors treating him... – ToI, Sep 2011
|Dont drive Intexticated...it may be your last SMS|
When my colleague rejected to pay any attention to my pleads to not text or dial/receive a call while driving, I thought to share these few findings and advertisement campaigns from the sane big commercial houses and not just insane over-cautious people like me.
There is no stat on death caused or being helped by talking/texting on mobile while driving, incidentally all those died while doing this adventurous task ain't no more available to say what led them to die and those who survived are so less in number that even if they admit texting/calling they just represent ~23% of the mishaps. However, a study by VirginiaTech transportation Institute, in 2009, indicates that “…manual manipulation of phones such as dialing and texting of the cell phone lead to a substantial increase in the risk of being involved in a safety‐critical event (e.g., crash or near crash). However, talking or listening increased risk much less for light vehicles and not at all for trucks. Text messaging on a cell phone was associated with the highest risk of all cell phone related tasks”. It also suggests that chances of an accident while texting are up to 23.2 times as high as non‐distracted driving.
|When you use a Mobile while Driving, your Head is SOMEWHERE ELSE (credits)|
|MiniCooper installed these Texts aptly calling the campaign "Words can Hurt"|
|A similar campaign by MercedesBenz "Get the message?" with a series of operated-letters|
|Every year 40 people die using a mobile phone while driving|
|And you know you are a Good Driver - if you JUST drive... (credits)|
|BMW's ad that just not talks about your own safety but others too|
There are many other ways to suicide, if you want to accompany your phone while dying - make sure you are not killing other innocents too...
I wrote a short story sometimes back on Drink and Drive, may like to read here.