Kate Meyers: To honor those who have lost loved ones to distracted-driving accidents, Oprah Winfrey and America's premier transportation and safety organizations have teamed up to declare today, April 30th, "No Phone Zone Day."
We all know that using our cell phones while driving is dangerous, but we need to start thinking of it as a life-threatening, because that's what it is. Deadly driving habits kill nearly 6,000 Americans a year. Thank you, Oprah, for yet another eye-opening revelation.
As a mom, I don't want to spend one second thinking about how it would feel if one of my daughters were part of this statistic, but that's exactly why I should. Is there any multitasking need in the world so urgent that it's worth a life?
I will use this day to speak with my girls -- especially my oldest, who is awaiting her learner's permit -- about the responsibility we have when we drive. What if someone hit them or a friend of theirs? How would that make them feel? I may even invoke executive privilege and ban texting and calling in the car altogether. (I know -- good luck to me.)
But wouldn't it be nice if we all got in the habit of NOT using devices in the car, and instead actually communicated with each another? I am constantly chiding my kids, "If you're there (meaning texting), then you're missing the life that's going on here." A life that "No Phone Zone Day" reminds us we are all so lucky to have.