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Don’t Text and Drive!

My husband and I recently saw a young lady texting and driving. We were in the lane beside her.

It really concerned me because this young lady actually had her eyes off the road for several seconds at a time. She was so distracted and seemed to not even notice that she was slowly drifting towards the shoulder of the road.

By the grace of God, she finally realized that she needed to pay more attention and put the phone down.

She had a passenger in her car. Another young lady.

I wonder what she had to say that was so important that she was willing to put their lives on the line and the lives of others driving in cars around her.

I wonder why she didn’t just call the person with a hands-free device.

Thirteen states have enacted legislation that requires drivers to use a hands-free device when talking on the phone. This rule has already taken effect on military bases.

According to CBS News, a study found that 1 in 7 adults have admitted to texting while driving. Among those aged 18 to 24, the number is 1 in 2. These statistics are scary, but not surprising.

We really have to take driving serious these days. Technology is great, but it can be dangerous when you let a two pound phone be more important to you than operating a two ton vehicle. Emails and text messages can wait until you get to your destination. Phone calls can wait too.

Back in September 2008, a train engineer was texting when his train ran a red light and crashed into a freight train, killing 25 people and injuring over 100 others. This is so sad.

Please don’t text and drive.Your life is too precious to be cut short over carelessness. If the message you need to send is that important, safely pull over on the side of the road.

The Today Show did a story about texting while driving a couple of months back. Check out the clip below.

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  • MOMSWEB June 22, 2009, 2:23 PM

    Scary thought! I have to pay for texting, therefore, I don't text at all! I'd probably be too slow at it anyway (lol).

  • QueenBee June 20, 2009, 10:21 PM

    Is there really that much to say while driving where one has to text and drive? I don't think so. I mean if it was so important to text, why can't the driver pull off the road and park and do what they need to do! This is very unnecessary.

  • Jolyn June 18, 2009, 11:11 PM

    Don't get me started. I think this s/b illegal and fines very steep. In Italy, btw, it is illegal to even talk on your cell phone. But like most laws, Italians just ignore that one, too;)

  • Amber June 18, 2009, 11:07 PM

    wow, very scary!
    ak

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