The use of cellphones while driving, whether it be for texting, browsing the web or social media is rampant. I did my own extremely unscientific experiment the other day while enjoying my morning walk in downtown Cleveland. At about 8:00AM on a Wednesday morning, I decided that I would observe the next 50 cars that drove by me, to see if they were looking at their phones. Out of the 50 vehicles which I was able to confirm whether or not they were on their phones, 34 of the 50 were on their phone. THAT IS 68% of the drivers that I saw driving down a busy city street with pedestrians running across the road at any given time.
Cell phone usage while driving is an epidemic that has serious consequences. When you have a moment, check out the statistics of the dangers of texting while driving at http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats
No message is important enough to risk your life, and the life of innocent people on the road. Put the phone down please!