Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.
It Can Wait refers to texting while driving.
The project includes a Pledge to not text while driving. Over 7 million pledges have been recorded.
AT & T also offers an App for your phone called AT&T Drive Mode. It lets friends and family know you are driving and can’t text or receive a text.
So, why you ask is this so important?
We don’t know exactly how many people died from a texting accident, but we do know 23% of auto accidents involve the use of a cell phone!
75% of teenagers admit to using their phones while driving and the adult number is not far behind.
4 in 10 people admit to doing social media
– Twitter, Face book etc. while driving.
Texting makes you 23 times more likely to have a wreck!
Simply dialing while driving increases your chance of a problem by 2.8 times; talking ups your number to 1.3 times more likely; and just reaching for your cell phone makes an accident 1.4 times more likely.
Texting reduces a driver’s reaction time to equal that of a person that had consumed 4 beers.
If you could create and send a text message in 5 seconds – most of us can’t even find the person to send one to in that time – anyway, in that 5 seconds at 55 miles per hour your car travels over the length of a football field and you – the driver are essentially blindfolded!
What can we do?
First – limit our cell phone usage by the driver in the car with absolutely no texting..
The AT&T App – Drive Mode is a good step. A better step is putting your cell phone somewhere in the car where you cannot reach it.
If you are like me you know there have been too many times when just talking on my hands free cell in my car has distracted my driving. So, please think seriously about your own habits and those of your loved ones.
It’s pretty amazing what a word of caution from mom, dad, grand ma or Papa, a brother or sister or a friend can have.
IT CAN WAIT really should be more than just a slogan!
I’m Steve Sauder.
Dear Governor Brownback,
Steve Sauder again assuming you know what they say about chickens?
They always come home to roost!
You will soon have consequences to deal with you won’t be able to explain away like you do when you push Kansas poor people around, cut out programs for the mentally ill, take benefits from the elderly, discriminate against alternative life styles and cut programs for Kansas children.
There is a common thread running through the groups mentioned above – most of them – especially the poor and children – have very limited or no way to argue with you.
You are the best we have ever seen at deflecting, redirecting and misinforming people on topics on which you don’t have good answers.
But, Mr. Governor, Kansas teachers could be your chickens coming home to roost!. No doubt you have pushed them around and disrespected them, but Kansas teachers may just get the last laugh.
Here’s my case: From Monday’s Gazette, Richard John Schrock and Kansas Board of Education’s 2014-2015 Licensed Personnel Report – it says last year 654 teachers left Kansas to teach in another state. That number is up from 331 in 2010 & 11. Plus teachers leaving the profession, but not retiring rose from 416 to 740 in the same time frame.
It’s pretty obvious the teachers haven’t been much of a foe for you. You change the rules when you don’t like them and bully teachers using your all powerful, but not very creative legislature and you even took away their bargaining rights, but you cannot force them to teach. Teachers are moving out of Kansas and quitting at a record pace! This is growing crisis.
Who will you blame Mr. Governor when Kansas doesn’t have enough teachers to fill its classrooms?
That day is coming and you will be hard pressed to blame anyone but yourself.