Oprah Winfrey pushes for "No Phone Zone Day"

Taylor Martin
 from Concord, NC
Published: May 3, 2010

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Never fear! When the world is in danger Oprah Winfrey will swoop in to save the day. After law enforcement's many near-failed attempts at banning cellphone use in cars, Oprah has decided to make a stand and let it be known how mindless and dangerous people who use their phones while driving are.

Over the past few years, the world has become infatuated with cellphones, mobility, and connectivity. The obsession is to the point that a person cannot put their phone down long enough to commute from place to place. You can't take a drive down the highway anymore without seeing someone jerk left and right or cutting over three lanes without looking because they're on the phone. It is getting ridiculous, and something needs to be done. Law enforcement across the nation has attempted to implement laws against cellphone use in cars, but this doesn't really combat the masses.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” this past Friday was dedicated to the rising problem, and Oprah asked people to participate in national “No Phone Zone Day” where people recognize their car as a “No Phone Zone”. She also asked them to sign an online pledge saying that they would drive responsibly and refrain from using their cellphones while behind the wheel. As of Thursday night, more than 213,000 people had signed the pledge.

At one point in time, I will admit that I was very bad about texting while driving. I would essentially carry on multiple, nonstop conversations during my morning and evening commutes. Even though I have only come close to wrecking from it once, it was a very near miss, and I'm sure it would have been fatal. I have since forced myself to put my phone down while driving and focus on more important things, like staying alive. I have had my fair share of wrecks and I can honestly say I'm lucky to be alive at this point. I could be much better than I am about it, but a text message can wait until I get to my destination.

Do your part people, put your phone down and keep yourself and other motorists safe. There is no text message that is more important than another or your own life. Be responsible, save lives, and sign the pledge here.

Via ABC News