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Teach Your Children Well

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I just love that song, right? I recently saw Graham Nash perform solo and what a treat that was. I have seen him 3 times now and he only gets better. I got this:


The full song written on the back. Check his web site to catch his performance if you can go it will be worth it.

My cousin was just killed while driving on the job by a driver on his cell phone. This was a tragic and unnecessary death that could have been prevented by our legislature. While we do have a hands free law for drivers, it might as well not exist. Most people continue to operate their vehicles with devices on their laps or out on the open road as though it is okay because the law is simply not enforced.

Do you remember an organization called "MADD" when it first started? It was a grass roots effort to address drunk drivers. Seems if you want something done around here the mothers need to do it.

My girls are sick of hearing me tell them not to use their phones while they drive, but too bad. I will continue to remind them because the temptation is too much.

Imagine a penalty for driving with a phone in your hand similar to driving while under the influence? A huge punitive penalty with threat of losing your driver's license will motivate people to stop this deadly habit until technology can come up with an affordable solution to this problem.

Teach your children well
that texting cells
or surfing the web
will slowly kill them
and feed them on your thoughts
to put phones down
or ending lives
will always haunt them

Since Legislators aren't dealing with this problem perhaps MOTHERS AGAINST DISTRACTED DRIVING=MADD will have to do their job for them again.
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SETTIMIA 12/9/2013 12:06AM

    sorry to hear about you loss. You are so right about not using your phone whilst driving

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2ABBYNORMAL 11/21/2013 1:00AM

    I am so sorry about your cousin.
I love your t-shirt.
I love your new acronym for MADD.
Personally, I don't understand. I thought inattentive driving was always a law, i.e., putting on make-up, eating, viewing a map, reading, etc. I can't believe the number of people I see daily driving with a phone to their ear. It is quite upsetting.
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KLAD_COCKERS 11/18/2013 12:14PM

    Sorry about your cousin - that's so sad.

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JUSTYNA7 11/17/2013 11:27AM

    Wow. I'm so sorry about your cousin. My DH will grab his phone to check an address or answer it while driving and it makes me angry enough that he won't do it when I'm in the car... but I am sure he does it when I'm not there. He just does not believe he will ever have an accident. My kids know better (I hope). Thanks for spreading the message.

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LESSOFMOORE 11/14/2013 8:28PM

    Victoria, I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 11/14/2013 3:00AM

    So Sorry for your loss Victoria. I see so many people day in and day out texting or talking on their phones. Why do people feel like it can't wait another hour to get in touch with someone? I will not touch my phone while driving, even if it rings...it can wait till I stop the car! emoticon

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_LINDA 11/14/2013 12:32AM

    So very sorry about your cousin, that is horrible :(( My idiot nephew went into the ditch because he was busy texting. Not hurt, but I don't know if he learned his lesson. Young people seem to think they are invincible :( And its not only the phones. A young lady trying to drink her hot coffee spilled some on herself and hit the gas peddle, rear ending my Stepdad :( At first she admitted what happened, but then recanted when she realized what it would cost her on both her insurance and her license :( It is truly a hazard out there on the roads. No wonder my Mom won't drive any more. She feels safer on a big bus!
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CHERIRIDDELL 11/13/2013 11:33PM

    My condolences Victoria ,I so agree with you about the lkaw,it must be enforced.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/13/2013 10:38PM

    The truck driver is in critical condition fighting for his own life Jeanie so I imagine something will be done about him if he survives, Chelsea this was my cousin who was killed.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/13/2013 10:03PM

    Sorry to hear about your Cousin. Did the driver using the cell phone get arrested? He should have. Some states have harsher penalties then here in Calif. emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 11/13/2013 10:00PM

    Victoria, I am sorry to hear about your cousin.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/13/2013 8:45PM

    Sorry to hear about your cousin.

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JAXMOMMY 11/13/2013 7:14PM

    Rah, Rah! Excellent Victoria. Love the song, love your own lyrics! What kills me is how many adults are still talking or texting while driving! Why? What is so important in your life that you can't put the phone down until you reach your destination? There are inexpensive ways to talk on your phone with both hands on the wheel, but people don't use them. Besides, most phones have ways to do that now and anyone and I mean ANYone can get a good cell phone no matter what their financial situation. I don't have the answers, but yes, starting with your children and the children you know is a good start!

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/13/2013 6:02PM

    Was it your cousin or the website person's cousin? If it is your cousin, I am so sorry..... emoticon I have almost lost my life due to people texting, talking on the phone, eating, etc., and then they yell at me. Happened today! May you find comfort with your family and friends. emoticon emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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GRACEISENUF 11/13/2013 5:04PM

    So sorry for your loss Victoria.

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PHEBESS 11/13/2013 4:25PM

    So sad - my deepest condolences!!!

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KRICKET4 11/13/2013 2:21PM

    I am so sorry, Victoria. What a tragic loss.
I see so much of what you're describing on the freeway and on the roads every day. Just had that very same discussion last night.
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