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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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How old should you kid be to see this video?

Positive thoughts and prayers coming YOUR way.

Sorry - trapped under some heavy personal issues - will be back around a little later. :O)

Ok, need a new topic. Where's Linda?!?

I do not text or talk on the cell phone when driving. Like many others that have commented here, I also get angry when I see other drivers doing the same and there are many of them, usually in the fast lane, driving erratically and not paying attention to traffic conditions. My state of Maryland recently raised the driving age to 18. I'm not so sure that teen driving is the problem as much as cell phone usage. They would have been better off to prohibit cell phone usage - texting and chatting. Adults are just as guilty as kids of doing this.

They recently made it an offense here in Virginia to text while driving. However, I see people all the time texting or reading their emails, and like Nikki, I saw someone last week reading while driving - except it was on the interstate!!! I had a friend in the vehicle with me, and since I was driving, I asked him if that guy was actually reading - he looked back and sure enough verified what I thought I saw.

My daughter who is 24 years old recently got a new cell phone, and since I was there with her, I forced her to get a bluetooth device to use, because I know she talks on the phone while driving, and at least she'll be able to have both hands available to drive.

I get behind people all the time who are driving erratically (speed up then slow down then swerve around) and I always know they are on their cell phone and can't do two things at once. Fortunately, it's usually on local streets so the speeds aren't great, so when the accident does happen hopefully it won't be too serious.

It's a jungle out there!

My husband laughs at me because I have to actually take off my glasses to see the keys to text (or call). If I have my contacts in - forget it, I can't see the letters. Next time he laughs, I will just tell him to thank God that I can't see the keys, at least he is 100% positive that he will never catch me texting (or talking on my cell phone) while driving.

I think it was the baby scene that got to me the most...forget the blood and gore. No more texting while driving for me.

Last week, no lie, I saw a man reading the newspaper whiledriving. Yes it was slow moving traffic (move 6 inches, wait another 10 minutes to move) but still.

I think people have gotten stupider over the years.

I don't text. I won't answer my cell on the road; full stop. My roomie thinks it's funny that I won't. My kids laugh about it. But, I KNOW my limits as a human and a driver. I'm also the person who won't drive after that second beer. I KNOW my limits. I respect them and I get pissed off when I see idiots driving here doing their makeup in the car, chatting on their cells and texting. They endanger me and everyone else who has to share the roads with them. And I wish TX would do what CA has done, make it a ticketable offense to text and drive. It may well make a difference. And no I didn't watch the vid, I didn't need to.

It can't or won't happen to me! That's what they all think. I think I would have nightmares even after acting in this video. The scary part is that even though I don't text or talk on the phone while driving some other idiot is putting my life at risk. Much like those that drink and drive. I am now walking everywhere! Although they can still run off the road and hit me.


I saw this poem in an Ann Landers column some years ago. And this is what made me think when I got behind the wheel. And I was in my 20s when I read it. It's a good one and kids should still be reading it. The Author is unknown as far as I know.


"The day I died was an ordinary school day. How I wish I had taken the bus! But I was to cool for the bus. I remember how I wheedled the car out of Mom, "SPECIAL FAVOR", I pleaded, "All the Kids drive." When the 2:50 bell rang, I threw all my books in the locker. I was free until 8:40 tomorrow morning! I ran to the parking lot....excited at the thought of driving a car and being my own boss. Free!

"It doesn't matter how the accident happened. I was goofing off...going too fast, taking crazy chances, but I was enjoying my freedom and having fun. The last thing I remember was passing an old lady who seemed to be going awfully slow. I heard the deafening crash and felt a terrific jolt. Glass and steel flew everywhere. My whole body seemed to be turning inside out. I heard myself scream..

"Suddenly I awakened. It was very quiet, a police officer was standing over me. Then I saw the doctor. My body was mangled, I was saturated with blood. Pieces of jagged glass were sticking out all over. Strange that I couldn't feel anything.

"Hey, don't pull that sheet over my head. I can't be dead. I'm only seventeen, I've got a date tonight. I'm supposed to grow up and have a wonderful life. I haven't lived yet. I can't be dead.

"Later I was placed in a drawer. My folks had to identify me. Why did they have to see me like this? Why did I have to look at Mother's eyes when she faced the most terrible ordeal of her life? Father suddenly looked like an old man. He told the man in charge, "Yes, He is my son".

"The funeral was a weird experience. I saw all my relatives and friends walk toward the casket. They passed bye, one by one, and looked at me with the saddest eyes I've ever seen. Some of my buddies were crying. A few of the girls touched my hand and sobbed as they walked away.

"Please...Somebody...WAKE ME UP! GET ME OUT OF HERE. I Can't bear to see my Mother and Father so broken up. My grandparents are so wracked with grief they can barely walk. My brothers are like zombies. They move like robots. In a daze, everybody! No one can believe this. And..., I Can't believe it either.

"Please don't bury me! I'm not dead! I have a lot of living to do! I want to laugh and run again. I want to sing and dance again. Please don't put me in the ground. I promise if you give me just one more chance, God, I'll be the most careful driver.


Please God, I'm only seventeen!"

I am with the majority here -- I'm not coordinated enough to text while walking, far less driving! My kids laugh at me because I take forever to text them back -- and I have a phone with a full 'qwerty' keyboard.

I just don't understand the self-importance that makes a person think they have to endanger the lives of me and my children because they can't miss a text or a phone call. Puh-leeze.

And as far as the video not influencing teens? I can only speak for myself, but after watching those crash-scene movies in h.s. driver's ed I was scared to death! To this day I will not leave my driveway without my seatbelt on. Yes, I was one of the sappy girls who cried.

Yep. Already had this conversation with my son (who won't be driving for another couple of years). And I'm still waiting for them to come out with the "in-car" cam, so I can watch him while he's driving. It will need a intercom as well so that I can randomly shout out instructions like "both hands on the wheel, slow down, eyes on the road, don't even think about answering that call,...etc."

That was sobering for sure! I don't text while driving anyway - it's enough of a challenge to text while sitting still on the sofa with my feet up. But I will for sure have my daughter and son both watch this - he isn't quite old enough to drive just yet, but he is a texting fiend, so I need to get his head adjusted early on this topic!

Amen Lori in Texas! I don't understand it either. I dont even TALK on my cell while driving unless I have my hands free on. I feel the same way when I see drivers with kids not in cars seats! GRRRRR! DGMS!

I don't text, and even if I did, I certainly wouldn't be coordinated enough to do so while driving. I never make a cell phone call while I'm driving, and I only answer a call if I'm not in heavy or fast-moving traffic and see that it's someone important (i.e. - my son's school). Anyone else can wait until I get into a parking lot. We thought we were invincible as teenagers, too, but there were far fewer distractions in our vehicles than we face these days. NO ONE should be texting while driving. There is no way anyone can convince me that this is safe.

I don't text; if one of my friends texts me on my cell phone, I call them back immediately and tell them to stop it. Watching this video makes me GLAD that I don't text.

I don't understand people who text while driving... I honestly don't. How can anyone do that???? I see people driving all over the place, looking down at their cell phones and not at the road, their hands off the wheel, and I just don't freaking "GET" that!!! How can they do that? Is a message THAT important that they would risk the lives of people around them - and MY life and the lives of my family? It infuriates me, and I have to stop myself from screaming at them from my car window (can't do that here in Texas, you might get shot).

If you text and drive, STOP IT!!!!!

Very timely, and yes, not only kids but everyone who has ever texted while driving should see this. I for one am done!

That is just barf-inducing. Kids heck - I think I'll put down the blackberry myself.

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