Texting, Speeding and being an Idiot does not mix.
Dear Readers, It's that time of year again, Spring Break. With that event, you can bet that thousands, if not tens of thousands, of young college students will be making their way to the Texas coast and by most estimates, traveling though the Houston area.
Traffic concerns set aside, the one thing that I must address is the issue of texting while driving. I recently read a study that showed 97% of female drivers and 98% of male drivers believed that texting while driving was wrong and/or dangerous. The study did not indicate the age range of those interviewed.
However, 60% of female drivers and 50% of male drivers still text while driving. How is it that an almost unanimous agreement about texting and driving does not translate into actual practice? Is there a huge disconnect between what we believe about the practice verses what we actually practice? Absolutely.
Young drivers are especially disconnected. Do they think that if they were to rear end a sitting car while they drove at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone while distracted while they texted their boyfriend/girlfriend are somehow not immune to death or at least serious lifelong disability?
Texting while driving is an idiots gamble with fate. Idiots always lose this game.
It's too late to tell that to Amanda (a name we will use) who plowed into the back of a car in the left turn lane of a state highway. She killed the two small children in the back of that car along with their mother, who was driving and paralysed their father who was in the passenger side of the car. Needless to say Amanda was also killed. Her cell phone was in the mangled mess of her car. Somehow the authorities determined that she was texting at the time of the accident. There were no drugs or alcohol involved and the roads were dry. The accident was at night, and both vehicles had working lights. Amanda was not paying attention. She was willfully distracting herself with her phone. Four dead people because someone could not put her phone down for the duration of her drive.
Here is a novel idea, how about turning your notifications off on your phone and then placing your phone in the glove box. Who knows how many lives that might save. Even your own. Think hard about it.