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I am so glad she looked up

Thursday, May 09, 2013

I would bet the experience I am about to share is very common and will become more so as time passes unless someone who cares makes some clever changes.

It was a beautiful late afternoon as I walked with Bailey, a neighbor and 5 of Baily's closest friends. I looked up at a young girl heading straight for us in her car, eyes down at the phone in her hand. Lucky for us she was driving the speed limit as she glanced up and swerved. Had she been speeding we would not be okay.

I have been assured by many people they can text and drive safely. I wonder if the same people would bet their lives on it, as they are willing to risk ours.

I am so very grateful this girl looked up just in time to avoid murdering us. Does it surprise you to read she did not seem in the least bit worried as she drove off looking back down at her phone?

Why do we have laws about driving with hand held devices if no one obeys or enforces them? It is time to get very punitive about this matter before these young drivers not only ruin our lives, but theirs as well.

I have no doubt some clever lawyer will argue for the guilty texting teen driver in a tragedy as the innocent because authorities knew of the problem and sat on their hands.

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    A hot topic for sure, .....guess we all just want to live as long as possible and healthy lives at that! Happy to hear you all were safe.
    1804 days ago
    Texting anywhere and talking on a cell phone anywhere, either at any time, is a compulsion for so many people today and is something I do not understand. It all is due to lack of manners and consideration for others. How did we get a generation of people who just can not put down their cell phones and have to be on them 24 hours a day? I don't get it. -- Lou
    1807 days ago
    I am glad everyone is okay and that she looked up. We have laws here against texting and driving, but it is hard to enforce for some reason. People need to put down the phone and drive.
    1807 days ago
    you just brought up one of my pet peeves, you are right nobody is enforcing these laws. I think it is up to the auto manufacturers to somehow have a jamming device once the engine is started, make your choice drive or text not both
    1807 days ago
    Thank heavens she looked up!!!
    1808 days ago
    Praise God you are safe. Your words are so true. Why can't we do better?
    1808 days ago
    A 51 year old man was killed in my community on Tuesday. He was in a marked crosswalk when a bus struck him. The worst part is that he had his head down, playing with his phone. Had he been looking up, he might have seen the bus not slowing down.

    People are SO distracted by technology - I'm guilty of it too, sometimes. But when I'm out walking with the dogs, I don't even put headphones in. I want to be fully aware of my environment, because I know that not everybody else is paying attention.
    1809 days ago
    Friends of mine, in Ohio, lost their son to a texting driver. Now, they campaign, tirelessly, to change the laws around texting & driving. Here in Ontario, any hand-held devices are illegal when driving. Recently, police charged drivers using their cell-phones to take pictures of an accident in Toronto. People still aren't getting the message.
    1809 days ago
    Wow! Glad you are all okay. That was scary.
    1809 days ago
    Glad you and your friends are ok. I have had a near miss too from a lady on her phone. She ran a red light, and almost hit me. I don't understand it either. if it is that important to send a message, pull over. Give Boo a hug for me.
    1809 days ago
    Wow - glad she did look up!!!!!
    1809 days ago
    Succinctly and well put. I'm VERY glad you and the others are safe.
    1809 days ago
    That is disgusting! I am so glad you're okay, Victoria! emoticon emoticon
    1809 days ago
  • TERRY0217
    I'm glad you all are ok...some think it won't happen to them...when will they learn?
    1809 days ago
    This is one of my huge pet peeves and I've even seen cops texting! Honestly, I can't wrap my mind around the way so many are addicted to tweeting, texting or any of the other mind-numbing activities. And to risk lives for these insipid activities is beyond my grasp. I'm glad she looked up for you.
    1810 days ago
    Wow that is scary... Glad everyone is ok.. I have a rule when I drive ( foucous on the road.. Be aware of what going on) emoticon

    I'm schocked that people drive fast while text and drive-- why doesn't cops go after the drivers who text-- why is it so important.. Can it wait until you pull over or at home when you park the car then you CAN repley call text briefly. When your done continute driving or go in your house etc.. emoticon
    1810 days ago
    So glad you are ok! We just got the law passed against texting while driving!Why is it so darn important to do texting while driving...you mean someone can't wait a few minutes for a response?! Geeze! Even talking on cell phones...I see it all the time...someone cannot wait to get home or to where they are to talk to someone! I can understand emergencies, but pull over and call! That is how my Mom got rear ended and severely injured when a phone company worker was on his phone and not paying attention that she was stopped! Now she has to have back problems for the rest of her life because of it! He totaled her car and her seat actually broke he hit her so hard! Why was he going so fast too, while dialing his phone?! Grrrrrrrr
    Of course, whether these laws are enforced or if they are seen is another thing! We should all start calling the police every time we see someone doing the texting or talking on the phone.
    Be careful out there...drivers do not pay attention most of the time. emoticon
    1810 days ago
    OH MY GOSH!!!! emoticon Oh, I am SO happy you are not dead or your puppies and I am very sorry about your scare. emoticon I take the public bus everywhere and I have to have eyes on the back of my head! There have been many, many times my life has been saved because I paid attention to everything. And you are right - they don't care.

    God bless you, my friend, and I am so happy that you and Bailey are okay. emoticon
    Love, Chelsea
    1810 days ago
  • MELLY3183
    Distractions are everywhere when people drive it seems like. I see multiple people on their phones while driving and not paying attention. It's scary!! I'm so glad that you are okay though.
    1810 days ago
    It was not your time, thankfully. I'm with all the comments about the illegal nature of texting and driving. Shoot even trying to dial in a number to call is distracting. Our town has one of those big signs over the bridges reminding that it's illegal, but you still see it anyway. And we see as many State Troopers on cells..... emoticon Someone needs to shake some sense into that child.
    1810 days ago
    Oh my goodness, that is terrifying!

    I work for a company that manages car fleets, and there is a new device that can be installed in cars that scrambles texts/calls until the car is in park. I'm not here for a liberties/rights debate, but I do think this technology could be REALLY beneficial, especially in younger drivers cars!

    I am also glad she looked up yesterday, hug the kids extra tight and count your lucky stars!
    1810 days ago
    I liked the fact that you described it as murder, and not manslaughter because it wasn't premeditated. Ha!!! They pick up that cell, and text it does become premeditated. Maybe if they bring it to the courts and they consider it murder with a justifiable sentence, maybe life sentence or execution. Then maybe these dumb ass's will think before they pick up the cell. I am all for justice done.
    I can't tell you how many people I see on phones while I am driving. When Oprah was promoting no phones, I got one of her bumper stickers. I am a responsible driving citizen, and I value others lives as I do mine.
    1810 days ago
    Cheri and Bev, it is illegal here as well. As you said, everyone continues to do it. I see it day in and day out. Sometimes a cop is right there and they do nothing or people just lower the phone. I imagine the fine is not worth the effort the courts have to go through to stop it. We need changes in this area, but because no huge corporation stand to profit from the change it is unlikely to happen.
    1810 days ago
    We have laws against it and they still do it .Stupidity run rampamnt. I am glad you are okay in my opinion that girl should be banned from owning a mobile phone,she is unable to use it safely.
    1810 days ago
    I'm very thankfulu that she looked up. Here in BC it's against the law to talk on your cell phone or text on your cell phone while driving. In Alberta, it's even more harsh, as you cannot have coffee, water or eat food while driving, along with the cell phone rules. When I enter the province, there are big signs stating "Distracted Driver Law Now in Effect." It's not perfect, but it has dropped down incidents you experienced.
    1810 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! So glad you are safe!! This texting has become an epidemic really. They do it everywhere, all the time. The photo circulating of four people sitting down to lunch in a restaurant and all of them texting is a common occurrence, not unique! We have such bad drivers here in my city, careless, ignoring stop signs, speeding, never signalling like they needed one more idiotic thing to be doing :( To give some credit though, I have seen people pulled over and using their phones. Its not just the phones though, they also eat while driving and drinking coffee. It was a young driver grabbing her coffee and spilling it that made her hit the gas when she was stopped in a line up and rear ending my stepdad. At first she admitted it, but when she saw what it would do to her insurance denied it was her fault :( It certainly is scary being a pedestrian out there these days, you really have to be alert constantly!
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    1810 days ago
    Oh my, thank God she did look up. And I agree that more awareness should be made regarding texting and driving. So glad you're still here to recant this story.... as much as I still find it frightening.

    Where I live here in FL, I drive the interstate on a fairly regular basis. The speed limit is 70mph on I75. Needless to say, some people whip that thing upwards of 80mph-100mph occasionally. I have witnessed (as a passenger) other drivers texting while driving at these speeds and it just blows my mind. One would assume that paying full attention is required to drive PERIOD and even more so at high speeds.

    We have seen an increase in deadly accidents in the recent years all because of texting and driving. I was told by a friend who is a State Trooper here and patrols the interstate that if he even sees you with a cell phone in your hand he will pull you over.

    1810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2013 11:32:02 AM
    1810 days ago
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