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Taking the pledge

May 20th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Personal | Sponsored

I got an email from Greta at Billing Bridge – If you’re in Ottawa and your online you’ve probably run into Greta. She told me that Billings has started a campaign to get people to take the pledge against distracted driving.

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I have to be honest, before it became illegal in Ontario, I did text, BBM, use my phone, all while driving. It’s difficult to spend that time focusing when you’re busy and things need to get done. It’s something I have tried to avoid since my daughter was born, understanding that it’s not the safest thing. And something that I’m determined to avoid as more and more evidence comes out about the dangers we face if we’re driving distracted.

Last year we traded in our old Tiguan for a new one, and one of the main reasons to do this was the bluetooth capability. I don’t like being out of reach when I’m on the road, and the bluetooth had solved that. I have also been able to call the police a couple of times when I’ve noticed others driving dangerously.

Of course, getting involved in a conversation on the bluetooth can be a distraction, sometimes just having a child in the car can be a distraction. While I drive, as I get older, I try to always retain the awareness that the other cars around me are filled with people, and that the car I’m driving could do major damage to them and their lives.

We’ve all heard the stories – lives lost and ruined by split second decisions about a message that was “so important.” And we all know the people who have decided that it could never happen to them.

Here’s the thing – police are now saying that distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. So if you would never think of getting behind the wheel after a few cocktails, then don’t pick up your phone or check your makeup or try to find your jam on the radio.

You can head into Billings Bridge to take the pledge and have your photo taken by the Distracted Driving street team or you can take the pledge online and share it with your social networks, encouraging them to pledge too.

Disclosure: I was compensated by Billings Bridge for this post, all opinions are my own. 

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