Dangerous Driving

August 16, 2013 by karanireland
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I have a confession to make: I text while driving.

I wanted to say: I used to text while driving, but then I remembered that I answered an incoming text no fewer than ten minutes ago. I have vowed to myself time and time again, that I won’t use the phone when I’m behind the wheel. But, when I heard the text come in, I didn’t even think twice before I picked it up to read the message. And then- and then- I actually used one hand (and both eyes) to reply to it. While I was driving!

I’m not proud of this behavior. Everyone knows that texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Certainly we’ve all seen the graphic public service announcements that show what can happen when we are distracted from the road. And, that doesn’t even take into account the fact that texting while driving is illegal. But, I find that I’m so conditioned to respond to my phone, that I do so without much thought. Or, if I do think, I tend to think “it can’t happen to me.” But, of course, logically I know that’s not true.

My kids know it’s not true, too. They have been well taught that texting and driving don’t go together. They notice me reach for my phone before I can and they warn me against picking it up. Sometimes, if I’ve recently read an article about distracted driving, or if I’ve passed an accident on the road, I’ll make sure to hand my phone to one of the kids before even starting the car. This usually lasts for a few days, before I forget and- like Pavlov’s dog- start responding to the bell again.

Today, I read about famed director Werner Herzog’s new public service documentary From One Second to the Next. You can watch it online here; I’m getting ready to watch it myself. I’ve also searched for tips on how to stop myself from texting and driving. Evidently, I’m not the only one for whom it is an issue. If you’re like me, be sure to check this link for a lot of good information!

I’m determined to kick this terrible habit and I’m thankful that I’ve avoided an accident so far. Tell me, Gentle Reader, do you have any experience with texting and driving. Or, more importantly, with quitting?

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  1. JudgeXNo Gravatar says:

    I believe that failure to signal, improper use of bright lights and fog lights, motorcycles, bicycles, and large trucks are all more important issues than cell use while driving. It’s illegal here to talk on your phone while you drive, but for some reason you can speak with a passenger while drinking a soda, and have children screaming and throwing objects around the cabin in the back seat… but if I call my wife on my way home from work to see if she needs something I’m getting a ticket?

    If vehicle size, weight, and bumper placement regulations were enforced, tickets were given for failure to signal, bright/fog lights, and motorcycles were outright prohibited, I think many more lives would be saved than stupid in-cabin prohibitions relating to tech.

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