Wednesday, January 20, 2010

word of warning for us all.

Did anyone see Oprah yesterday? Lame question but I'm asking for a serious reason. This particular episode was on texting while driving and for whatever reason... it really hit home.
If your honest with yourself... I'm sure you've done it before. I probably do it at least once or twice a week. And I check my email on blackberry even more often... even if I don't respond.

In watching the episode... I was trying to think of a text or email that was important enough to put myself or someone else at risk.
I couldn't think of one.
No where else in my life do I put others in danger... nor do I risk my own safety. Why do I do it when I drive?
So I'm pledging today to stop texting while driving.
Nothing is more important than my life or someone elses life.

{my apologies for the heavy post... i just thought it was important enough to put out there. a bit of food for thought}


20 comments:

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I am so with you! I am 100% against it. I actually normally just leave my phone in my purse and keep it on silent.

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

You are so right. I am completely guilty of this. I'm making a change today though. This really hit home :) Thank you!

Katy Mary said...

I'm guilty of this too but you're right, it really isn't worth putting your own life or the life of someone else at risk.

Tori said...

I am about to out myself. The other day, I was texting while driving on the freeway. The freeway turned, and I didn't. I almost drove off the road, and it was everything I could do to get back into my lane without hitting someone. But did it stop me from texting while driving? Nope. Ten minutes later, I was responding to another text, even though I was still shaken up from my near-death experience.

I think that especially in such a social and technologically-minded culture, these types of habits are hard to break. But I agree with you; there is no text important enough that I should be risking my (or someone else's) life for it. So I will join you in your pledge to stop texting and driving : )

bananas. said...

Well i'm guilty of this...i agree no life is worth a silly little text or email UNLESS that text or email is a life threatening emergency. But when is that ever the case?

Allyson and Dave said...

I can honestly say I have never texted while actually driving...while sitting at a red light yes...but driving no.

Melissa said...

Unfortunately I am guilty of this as well. I should really get in the habit of just turning off my phone or putting it in my backseat when I get into the car so I am not tempted to text.

Kassi said...

i agree. no text or email is as important as your life or the life of another.
i text at red lights... but not while driving... although, my husband texts and emails constantly while driving with myself and our three kids in the car. it is one of my pet peeves and even more so when he does it since he's totally ADHD and not the best driver around...
i'm glad you posted this - it is a great reminder!

Michelle said...

I definitely used to do it, but I don't really anymore.

Nicole said...

I don't text but maybe once a month as it is. But I did text once while driving. Never again. I think there should definitely be laws against texting and driving.

Rasha said...

Ya my mom send a forward about it and its super scry... i dont do it... but good post.

Jenni said...

I didn't see the episode, but my senior year of college a girl I knew died. She was a recent graduate, had just moved to chicago and had a great job and future....and then she was texting a friend while driving, lost control of her car and crashed. She was in the ICU for about 8 hours when she lost the battle and passed away... Never text while driving.

brooke said...

hmmmm...yep! totally guilty...i need to change this habit starting now!

thanks lady!

and i love your scalloped heels below!!! CUTE!

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

This is SO important. Driving is a risk in itself, if anything is distracting you (even music) it puts you even more at risk. Car accidents are the number one cause of accidental death in Canada. We all need to take this more seriously. Where I live they have just implemented a law that you can not talk on your cell phone (unless you have a headset) while driving or else you will be fined. It will be interesting to see if anything changes.

meredith said...

i totally agree with you... definitely NOT worth it!

Elizabeth said...

Before I got my iPhone, I could text without looking because I had the buttons memorized, but now I'm just all over the place...I should stop. Thanks for the reminder.

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Jen said...

I didn't watch the show, but I have seen the ads. I used to text while driving all the time. So bad. Now I don't drive much, so it's a non-issue.

Great post, Morgan! thank you for saying what needed to be said.

Holly said...

have you seen SEVEN POUNDS?

you must if you havent!!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

This is a HUGE, HUGE pet peeve of mine. In my home state (Maryland) they've outlawed texting while driving! I think all states should follow suit. If caught you get no warning but are immediately slapped with a $500 fine! I think that rocks.

I live in Alabama and I will wager to say that I live in the WORST area for drivers. (I used to think it was PA, no offense PA peeps, it was bad there!) I've driven in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Virginia and all around DC and Baltimore and I will say... Florence, Alabama is the WORST! (And it's a small town). Add to this text messaging while driving and it's a huge mess and a wreck waiting to happen!

I am guilty - I used to text and drive when I was a bit younger when it first started to be all the rage. But then I realized it was taking me longer to get places and slowing me down and making it more difficult to concentrate. So I stopped. If I needed to text I did so at a stop light when I wasn't in motion. Or stopped in traffic and not moving. Literally it's got to be one of the stupidest things ever to drive down the highway and text!!! I've had lots of people come into my lane - I honk my horn and they look at ME like I'm the crazy one... WTF?

I don't text as often as I used to and like I said if I do I'm stopped. (I hate texting now - I used to love it).

Can you tell I'm passionate about this issue ;) hehe