Let’s Make Roads Safer With #OutOfReach

Distracted driving is not only hurting people. It’s killing people. And I’m as guilty as anyone of checking my texts, Facebook and Twitter messages while driving as anyone. I’ve even composed 300-word emails while driving. It’s scary and it’s dangerous and I want to stop. But I don’t want to do it alone.

So thanks to some wild inspiration, spurred by the heart-breaking story of Courney Ann Sanford who died moments after posting a Facebook message about how happy Pharrell’s song “Happy” made her., I’ve decided to start using the hashtag #outofreach on Facebook and Twitter. This is going to remind people that while driving, we should keep our phone #outofreach.

No phone call, text message, Facebook post, Tweet or picture is worth your life. Put the phone away while driving.

If you’d like to join me, here is the #outofreach pledge — a simple reminder for us all to run through each day to keep our streets and highways safe:

The #OutOfReach Pledge

I promise to keep my cell phone out of reach while driving in order to protect myself, my passengers, other drivers, ┬ápassengers and pedestrians. Distracted driving kills 10 people every day. That’s 10 people too many. While I may think I can control both my car and my phone at the same time, I know that in reality I cannot. Thus, putting the phone Out Of Reach is the only safe solution.

And here’s how the practical solution works:

If we all do that fewer people will die each day from distracted driving. I promise.

The first step? Share a link to this post on your social networks or email it to friends and family asking them to take the pledge, too.

Be safe people. If we have to come to your funeral because you didn’t keep it #outofreach, we’ll be sad and it will be your fault. Let’s make that scenario #outofreach, too..

April 27, 2014

  • Great idea!

  • Geike

    Love it. I’m at the National Lifesavers (highway safety) conference in Nashville and I’m sharing this with folks here (there are about 5,000 of them; maybe we could start something here).

  • I couldn’t agree with you more on this. HATE seeing people texting and driving and it is why I’ve supported the #ItCanWait campaign since I heard of it.

    I was surprised (and very happy) to discover on the Samsung S5 that it has a “Car Mode.”

    I have it set to automatically switch into it when it connects via bluetooth to my car. It replies to any texts with a message that I’m driving and I’ll get back when I’m no longer doing it.

    They should promote this much more. I bought the phone and think others would if they knew about this feature.

    Hopefully more manufactures and car companies will add features like this. NO need to be texting and driving. NONE.