Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No Phone Zone

“No Phone Zone”, Oprah’s ongoing movement in regards to keeping Americans off the phone while driving. But like any plan of action to create a safer America can we really say this movement will make the impact she seeks?                           
  Walking down the street and especially driving in your car it’s almost impossible to not witness the wired American; whether its blue-tooth in one ear or phone in one hand technology seems to consume our lives.  
  We all want to live in a safer environment but while laws have been implemented to keep us off the phone and attention on the road it hasn’t seemed to counteract with the fact that about six-thousand Americans and half a million injuries are caused by driving while on the phone each year.

Though I respect Oprah’s movement in it’s’ entirety the real question is whether or not we would ever see the effects done. Segments of her argument continuously pull us in from start to finish as we watch that rather unfortunate mishap of the nine year old girl die by the hands of a woman who was simply giving her phone the most attention, and countless stories alike.
Dads who will not be able to walk their daughter down the aisle or older siblings who will no longer be there to grow up and role model for their younger brothers or sisters                                                                    
 “Put the Phone Down”, Oprah exclaims to her viewers but how much impact does this put on you. The next time your phone is ringing or blinking by that text will you pull over? Or will you simply keep your’ foot on the gas and struggle to read that text or pick up your phone call. 
 After constructing a test on three confident women who believed they could drive while texting  and failing quite miserably their minds were swayed. They then pledged to the “No Phone Zone”, but I couldn’t help but to think how long they would adhere to their pledge?  
 I found a close relation to fearing a scary movie; you’re jumpy and more alert for about a day or two than eventually return to your regular habits. Could these women have been simply startled by the potential dangers of their action, than regain their pride and confidence of “driving under the phone”. Time will tell but let us not forget, “Old habits die hard”.


by Megan Guard