I slammed on my horn at the car that swerved into my lane! The lady driving next to me, was texting while driving 35  miles an hour down Wilshire Boulevard here in Los Angeles. When we got to the stop light, I stared her in the eye, and frantically made a hand motion for her to roll down her window.

PLEASE NOTE: This PSA is NOT appropriate for children and contains highly graphic content.

She looked like she thought I was crazy, but humored me and cracked it open.”What?”, she shouted.

“What?”, I sarcasticly parroted back.

“Are you kidding me? You just swerved into my lane because you were texting while driving! You’re putting my kids’ lives in danger!”, I yell as my heart starts climbing into my throat.

As the light changes, she hollers out the window, “I was just asking my husband if he wanted me to pick up his prescriptions at the drug store! Sorry! Calm down lady!”

Calm down? I’m supposed to calm down? And sorry? What about aggravated vehicular homicide? I think you’ll ACTUALLY be sorry about that!

Why is it that we see adults blatantly texting while driving on a regular basis? We tell our teens they aren’t allowed to do it, but is it OK for us to? NO! There are plenty of excuses, but not one is good enough.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at just a few of the statistics:

  • Texting causes 1,600,000 accidents per year according to the National Safetey Council

  • One in 4 car accidents is caused by texting while driving. 

  • 48% of young teens who are not driving yet, have been in a car while the driver was texting. Over 1600 children in the same age group are killed each year due to accidents involving texting.

  • 11 teenagers die EVERYDAY due to texting while driving

  • According to the National Highway Association, texting while driving is the same as driving after 4 beers.

Stay Safe! Please share this with everyone you know, NOT JUST YOUR TEENAGER!

 

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Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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