Doctor suggests distracted driving is a public health problem

Dec 06, 2010

Distracted driving is seen in some quarters as a health problem.

Motorists who have been hearing about the dangers of distracted driving may start getting the message from an entirely new source - their doctor.

This is because some medical professionals are warning that distracted driving has become so commonplace that it should be approached as a public health problem.

For example, Dr. Amy Ship of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that patients are more inclined to listen to their doctors about issues that are raised in the context of overall preventive care.

Ship wrote that the message conveyed by an individual's own doctor is "different from that conveyed by a public service announcement nestled between ads for chips and beer or a printed warning on a product box."

Distracted driving is blamed on thousands of accidents each year, and as many as 6,000 fatalities. Even the most cautious driver has no control over what unsafe activities a nearby motorist may be engaged in. With this in mind, investing in a life insurance policy offers important peace of mind against the unthinkable.

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