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.
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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!