Message Monday - Honestly Abe, you should not text and drive

2-20 message mondayThe truth is many of us are caught up in our own lives and sometimes lose sight of the realities of our behavior that can be dangerous.

The majority of Iowans own cell phones and one truth is many of those phones are being used to text while driving. In recent market research conducted for Iowa’s Zero Fatalities program, 32 percent of the respondents admitted to texting while driving daily, with nearly 14 percent admitting to texting and driving multiple times each day. Yet these same people said distracted driving was only slightly less dangerous than driving drunk.  

Texting and driving can be a lethal combination. By now you’ve probably seen the crash videos and statistics, but what is it going to take to get you to realize this truth and put the phone away when you’re behind the wheel? Maybe this video will help you make the connection between knowing what is right and actually doing it.

The fatality count of 29 is an increase of eight since last Monday. Preliminary number show that in all of 2016, 403 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to daily fatality count.

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