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:

  • Place your cell phone in the glove box, back seat or even trunk while driving or turn it off completely.
  • Never reach for it or check it while the vehicle is moving.
  • The only acceptable phone call to take or make while driving is on a 100% hands-free device (and I reserve the right to retract this one as your mind isn’t on the road while talking on any phone call).
  • Except where law prohibits it, you may check your phone quickly, but not respond to anything, at a stop light. If you need to respond, pull over and put on your hazard lights. No one will fault you for that.
  • Don’t allow friends or family to practice unsafe driving with their phones either. Be a good influence and tell them what #outofreach stands for.
  • When appropriate (we suggest at least once per day) remind your social channels on Twitter, Facebook and other channels that they, too should join the #outofreach movement and make the roads safer for us all.
  • Use the #outofreach hashtag on Facebook and Twitter. If we all do it, trending topics and the like with bring more attention to the effort and help more people remember to be safe.

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

  • http://www.davedelaney.me/ Dave Delaney

    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).

  • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

    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.