Tucson Collision Repair Center Applauds NHTSA’s Twitter Campaign Against Texting & Driving

There isn’t a Tucson collision repair technician elbow-deep in the remaining wreckage of a texting-and-driving accident that doesn’t ponder just how and why this is still a thing. It’s a dangerous concept to even lightly ponder, especially on stretches of Arizona highway where drivers frequently goose their speedometers over 80 mph without a second thought.

That gives the auto body repair community plenty to ponder already. We’re now forced to ask ourselves, why would someone take to social media to brag about doing something so literally criminally stupid?

Fortunately, if our fellow motorists are going to gamble their lives and others’ for the sake of one imminently clever text, tweet or Facebook salvo, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can and will take to Twitter to publicly throw some shade your way.

The NHTSA’s “#justdrive” campaign is more than just a catch-all forum for addressing the epidemic of distracted driving in general. The agency also has no qualms attaching it to replies warning certain tweeters that take great pride in their reckless endangerment.

 

Beltran
I don’t text and drive, no mms that dangerous. I just Instagram and drive

Yeahhhh about that…that’s not any safer, @josebeltran68. Seriously, get off your phone and #justdrive. Save the likes for later.

 
So. Yeah. Suffice to say, something useful has finally sprung from taking something personally on Twitter. Imagine that.
Fact is, for all the attention paid to the problem by everyone from drivers and collision repair professionals to automakers and cell phone manufacturers themselves, something still isn’t quite registering. NHTSA reporting suggests that phone usage while driving played a role in at least 10 percent of crashes that involved motorists between the ages of 15 and 19 in 2014. Wisdom doesn’t always follow age, either. Twentysomethings actually might have fared even worse. A surprising 30 percent of drivers over the age of 20 who were involved in fatal accidents admitted to using their phones right before their collisions.
Read the NHTSA feed long enough and you’re bound to come across some misplaced, misguided resentment for the agency’s personally directed tweets. If you’re reading this and happen to agree that the much bigger problem here is that the NHTSA is keeping an eye on social media accounts, then we congratulate you on missing the point entirely. The grand takeaway is, social networking and texting are two of the dumbest possible things to which motorists could devote their attention instead of, y’know, the road and other drivers.
That being said, if you should decide to taunt Darwinism with no regard for anyone else’s well-being, let alone your own, don’t brag about your cavalier attitude toward public safety if strangers telling you off touches a salty nerve.