Text and Drive? Watch Xzavier’s Story

The world has become a busy place…phone calls, emails, text messages.  We are wired everywhere we go, including our cars.  We’ve all been tempted…grab that phone call or send a quick text to let someone know you’re running late. I’m hoping this post gives you all the reasons you need to turn off the phone while you are driving.

Four simple words, “I’m on my way,” changed five-year old Xzavier Davis-Bilbo’s life forever when he was struck by a distracted driver while entering a cross-walk.  Paralyzed from the diaphragm down, Xzavier is one of the nearly 500,000 people injured each year by distracted drivers.

Here are some shocking stats:

  • Texting and Driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash.
  • Texting and Driving has the same impact on your response time as drinking four beers
  • Texting and Driving takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.  At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field – completely blind.

Ohio is the 39th state to enact a texting ban for all drivers and the 17th to ban all uses of electronic devices among its youngest drivers. If you’re 18 or older, it is illegal — and the fine will be $150 — to write, send or read text messages from behind the wheel.  If you’re 17 or younger, whether your license is temporary or permanent, it is illegal to use any hand-held electronic device for any reason. That means no texting, no emailing, no calling, no looking up directions on a GPS and no changing songs on an iPod.  For drivers 17 or younger, the fine is also $150, but violations also result in a 60-day license suspension.

The hospital offers at “No Text” pledge form if you would like a tool to discuss this with the teen drivers in your life.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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