Oprah You Never Fail to Disappoint: Oprah's No Phone Zone Pledge
All the Oprah No Phone Zone Pledge requires is that you stop texting while driving. Nothing more. Here is the pledge:
I pledge to make my car a No Phone Zone. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by committing to drive as responsibly as I can: (choose one)
1) I will not text while I am driving; or
2) I will not text while driving and will use only handsfree calling if I need to speak on the phone while I am driving; or
3) I will not text or use my phone while I am driving. If I need to use my phone, I will pull over to a secure location.
Notice how you can say your car is a no phone zone even if you are chatting away merrily on a headset? Anybody see a little something wrong with that? I sure do. Frankly, Oprah could have done a lot better. In fact, I found evidence on a blog posted back in January that Oprah pledge was better, much better, calling for a total ban on cell phone usage by drivers. I have not a clue why Oprah sold out, but she did.
"Committing to drive as responsibly as I can" suggests that only some people can make a meaningful commitment to driving and throughly accepts that you may "need to speak on the phone while I am driving." Seriously? No one needs to speak on the phone while driving. I gave that up a long time ago after the novelty wore off and it occurred to me that talking and driving didn't seem to mix. I hope you did, too. If you didn't, take your own pledge and do your part to be a safe and responsible driver.