Friday, April 6, 2012

TEXTING KILLS

A few years ago, I read where a woman drove up over the curb and killed 6 kids who were waiting for the school bus. She was calling her hairdresser. I've often wondered how the parents of those children have been able to live with the loss especially when they remember that it was something as mundane as a call to the hairdresser.

In the last 6 years, over 16,000 people have been killed by people who are texting while driving. Can you imagine losing a loved one because someone was sending nonsense to a friend? During the execution of a text, the average person takes his eyes away from the road for 4.6 seconds. If they were going 55 M.P.H. they would travel over 100 yards which is the length of a football field. That's a long time for a vehicle weighing a couple tons to travel aimlessly down a road.

35 states have either passed laws against texting while driving or are in the process of enacting such a law. Makes you wonder how we lived so many years without cell phones. Oh, that's right...we got along just dandy. Are we that important that we need to be in touch 24/7? I guess we should ride along with a state patrolman as he stops to investigate an accident and see what 2 tons of steel can do a human body.

I know what you're thinking. This guy usually posts funny stuff. Well, this is kinda important to me. A soldier getting killed in a war is one thing. A little child being killed by someone calling her hairdresser is another. My blogs are seen by people all over the world. I ask you for your opinion. Please click onto the Comment thingy at the bottom of this blog and let me know what you think.

2 comments:

  1. I can't walk and chew gum at the same time let alone the texting and driving thing. And if I hear the phone ring while in my Jeep? It waits till I get home. Too many distractions out there now a days. And for those people who have those stupid tvs in the back of their SUV's for their brats to watch, they are also a distraction for me!

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  2. There's no excuse for texting while driving for any reason!

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