Last week I had a late afternoon meeting with several KBT members. After a focused two hours, I walked out and immediately began checking and responding to emails and texts from my phone. One of my counterparts remarked, "No texting and walking!"
We laughed a bit, noting that texting and walking can actually be pretty hazardous.
While our little exchange brought some laughs, the truth is texting and driving is no laughing matter.
Texting while driving is deadly.
You've heard that over and over. You are probably thinking to yourself - here we go again - another article about distracted driving.
You get it right? You know not to text, email, or even look at your phone while you are driving.
Even though you know distracted driving is dangerous, what do you do? Do you turn your phone off when you're on the road? Do you put it in your bag in the backseat or in your glove compartment so you can't reach it while you're driving?
Do you look at your phone at stop lights? Do you take a quick glance at your email when you're on a straight stretch of road? Do you text with one hand and keep the other on the wheel? Do you take a second and hit the like button on Facebook when you're driving?
So many of us depend on our phones to keep us connected ALL THE TIME. We think we must always be accessible and we also think we always need to have access.
I get it - we're on the road, out of the office, and always working. Our mobile devices are what keep us connected.
But that is no excuse. We have to stop. We have to put our phones down and drive. We have to do this for our own safety and the safety of everyone else who is on the road. We have to model this behavior for our kids, our parents, our spouses, and any other passenger we have in our vehicle.
The KBT Safety Committee members spent two days this past week educating high school students on the dangers of distracted driving.
Lora Boller of DLZ, John Eckler of Gresham Smith, Randall Embry of KIPDIA, and Amy Thomas of Parsons Brinkerhoff worked with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Branch Manager Brad Franklin and Program Coordinators Jeffrey Daniel and Deshaun Bailey during the Kentucky Construction Career Days event in Shelbyville. These KBT members educated more than 1,000 high school students on the dangers of distracted driving using KOHS' new distracted driving simulator.
Safety is important to KBT. Our mission states we support a SAFE, sustainable transportation network.