A medical group based in Illinois is waging a campaign against texting while driving. Members of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons are the doctors who often treat victims of car crashes. The association is based in Rosemont, and members have been taking the no-texting-while-driving message to high schools, though surveys show the worst offenders are those age 30-45.
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Dr. Leon Benson, an orthopedic surgeon in Glenview, says he is reformed – no longer texting while driving – but many other drivers don’t realize how complex driving really is. “Driving in itself can be deceptive because there’s much of it that seems to be routine and seems to be constant, and it is then interspersed with small little clues that can be critical to be a safe driver and protect people around you,” he said.
Benson says that drivers who look away momentarily to text not only fail to see what’s happening around them, they often fail to notice what’s happening right in front of them, and they labor under the delusion that they can safely text while driving because they haven’t yet had a crash. The campaign urges drivers to decide to drive – meaning not to try to do other things while driving.