Massage Chairs, Flat Screen TVs and…DWI prevention?
I freaking love The Sharper Image! It’s like Toys R Us, except for grown men! Every electronic gadget known to mankind can be found in a Sharper Image store – and I swear, as soon as I have a few thousand extra bucks laying around, I’m gonna get one of those massage chairs!
So, somehow I got on the mailing list for The Sharper Image. This morning when I opened my in box, there was a Sharper Image promo mailing… except this one didn’t talk about gadgets nor massage chairs nor anything you’d expect. Instead, the subject line said: Driving With Phone Worse Than DUI!
Open the message and there are all sorta blue tooth and hands free cell phone headsets and ear pieces. Is that true? That talking on a cell phone is worse than driving drunk?
The answer is both yes and no. Inattention is the #1 cause for MVAs (Motor Vehicle Accident) in the U.S. Cell phones, text messages, eating, drinking (non-alcoholic), smoking, changing the radio, reading, talking to others in the car – these all add up to create the biggest cause for crashes in the country.
However, DUI is the biggest killer. While there are more crashes caused due to inattention, impaired driving is definitely more dangerous for one’s health. Some 15K individuals are killed every year in America due to impaired driving.
In the case of The Sharper Image… does it matter? Nah, not at all. The Sharper Image may have just helped to save lives. Trying to get people to stop talking on cell phones while driving is going to fall on deaf ears. At least Sharper Image is helping folks have safer ways of doing so.