Texting while Driving – Are you crazy? Do you have a death wish? Are you homicidal? It must be one of those reasons because I can’t think of any sane, rational reason to justify TWD – Texting While Driving.
Although texting while driving is a fairly recent phenomenon and not many studies have been conducted, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce what a stupid and dangerous practice this is.
Many states are implementing legislation to ban this dangerous practice. Recently, New Hampshire and Oregon joined the bandwagon of 14 other states to prohibit this TWD. We need to get that number up to 50 and we need to do it quickly.
I don’t care how nimble your fingers are or how deft you are with the keyboard, you still have to take your eyes off the road to send that all-important message that you think can’t wait until you’re in a safe location. Newsflash – Our highways and byways are not safe locations. Unless you’re sitting in your parked car in your driveway you are not in a safe location to text in your car.
Our Transportation Secretary, Ray Lahood, would like to make it a crime to text while driving. Is this radical? I think not! “If it were up to me, I would ban drivers from texting immediately” Mr. LaHood said. But it is not up to him; it’s up to state legislatures to enact such laws.
If you think texting while driving is a safe practice why don’t you just put a blindfold over your eyes and try that on for size? Sounds stupid doesn’t it? Well, maybe it doesn’t sound stupid to you if you’re of the opinion that it’s okay to engage in this ridiculous practice.
Driving a two ton vehicle requires all your attention, not just part of it. You may be the greatest driver in the world but you’re sharing the road with others who may not possess your great skills. You have to constantly be aware of what you’re doing and what the other drivers are doing. You can’t concentrate on driving if you’re texting.
Most texters are teens so I realize I’m batting my head against a really big brick wall, trying to make them understand the foolhardiness of their actions, but we need to do something about this.
Lives are at stake. And if they don’t care about their lives, I have news for them: I care about MY life. I care about the lives of my family and friends. I even care about the lives of these texting drivers because they’re young and immature and haven’t learned the value of life yet. But if they don’t wake up and realize the possible deadly consequences of their actions, they may not live long enough to discover just how precious and valuable life is. It’s way more valuable than any text message.
So save your texting for when you’re in a safe place. Text to your heart’s content but please don’t text while driving because you really are spelling big trouble; for you, for me, for all of us.
Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis is the author of three books on drugs and addiction and numerous articles both online and in print. You can read about her books by visiting her website http://www.theaddictionmonster.com