Oprah on Driving

While many of us probably don’t get our driving tips from Oprah Winfrey, in last Sunday’s New York Times (April 25, 2010) in the “Comment” section, there was an op-ed contribution from Oprah (if I can be so casual) titled “Dnt Txt N Drv.” And if you don’t get that, you probably need not concern yourself with the subject of texting while driving.

While many of us probably don’t get our driving tips from Oprah Winfrey, in last Sunday’s New York Times (April 25, 2010) in the “Comment” section, there was an op-ed contribution from Oprah (if I can be so casual) titled “Dnt Txt N Drv.” And if you don’t get that, you probably need not concern yourself with the subject of texting while driving. Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia, and Guam presently have laws against it. This coming Friday, April 30, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm is reportedly going to sign Michigan’s ban—which is a primary offense, which means police officers can pull people over for the act—on. . .Oprah’s TV show. O

Notably, the Automobile Club of Southern California, which has been monitoring the compliance with the California ban on driving while texting, which went into effect in January 2009, has found that 15 months later, texting is making a return. Prior to the ban, surveys showed that 1.4% of motorists were texting. Five and seven months after the ban texting had dropped to about 0.5%. But the latest survey, conducted in late March and early April, shows that texting is now at 1.1%.

“These results are disappointing,” said Steven Bloch, the Auto Club’s senior researcher. Given that texting while driving can increase the possibility of a crash by 8X, that’s understatement.

Oprah’s right. But you probably already knew that.