Have you ever had a close call while talking on the cell phone while driving? I'm embarrassed to say I have. I once narrowly missed a pedestrian. Another time, I almost rear-ended the car in front of me because I didn't notice the light had changed.
We multitask. We're busy. We have so little time to talk on the phone. But phone use while driving — whether talking or texting or looking up an address — puts everyone in danger. Taking your focus off the road even for a second puts us all at risk for an accident (which is why I think hands-free use is no solution). No excuses, no exceptions.
I'm thrilled that Oprah's shining a spotlight on this problem with her No Phone Zone pledge. Even more wonderful, this initiative may very well have taken took root based on a conversation between Oprah, Cooper and Emily of The Motherhood — they were on her show to raise awareness about their Mom Sends the Msg campaign. The change that's possible with the willingness to speak up and act…inspiring.