Oprah Winfrey is using her considerible influence to implore Americans to stop talking and driving.
Winfrey said Thursday she wants people to know "how absolutely stupid it is that we continue to text and drive." She's asking drivers to commit to not text-messaging or talking on cell phones while driving.
The talk show host will dedicate Monday's show to people who have lost family and friends to "driving-distracted" crashes.
She should have plenty of fodder. According to the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis, cell phone use contributes to 6 percent of all crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 2600 deaths each year.
Oprah's plea would not be necessary if people simply followed the law.