Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Something Serious.

I'm guilty of it.

I'm quite certain you are too.

(This is kindof a No Duh Post...y'all are like...we know Michelle...we don't need you to remind us!!! If you don't do this...then I'm so proud of you!!!! If you do...we will work on it!)

We all have smart phones equipped with texting, instagramming, blogging, tweeting, facebooking, etc, etc... and I know how EASY it is to pick up the phone and message something via any of the ways listed above while driving.



The past few days, I have seen some very disturbing but EYE-OPENING commercials on TV showing what texting and driving can affect you or someone you love. HEARTBREAKING. These commercials even show the last text before the person was injured or killed.  


Here is the video that is playing in more and more school auditoriums for 9th/10th graders about to get their drivers licensees or are driving already...








The video is about 10 minutes long, but worth sharing with family or friends with young adults driving.

Why does this topic affect me???

This is reality. This is the world we live in. People text and drive. All the time.

We need to be proactive!!!!!

Take out your cell phone RIGHT NOW (obviously not if you are driving...you shouldn't be reading this if you are driving!!!) and read out-loud your last text message received. Was that text worthy of an accident? Was it so life-changing or mind-blowing you couldn't wait to read it?? Chances are, probably not. The reality is...NO MESSAGE is worth reading while driving.

 I am making EVERY EFFORT POSSIBLE to keep my phone out of distance while I am driving. I don't text and drive often, but I have done it. And I have caught myself swerving into another lane or almost rear-ending someone because of it. 

Scary.

Scary.

Scary.

I found these stats here:

* When a driver texts while driving, his reaction time will decrease by 35%
* When texting, steering capability goes down by a tremendous amount; 91%.
* A driver is twenty three times more likely to get into a car accident while driving and texting.
* Drivers are also six times as likely to get into a car accident while dialing a number into their cellular devices.


My life is more important than some freakin text message. Yours is too.

I know there are tons of ads on tv and plenty of places that push this cause...I just wanted to say it too. 

I know I'm not your mom...I know I don't give advice on this blog or anything like that...but life is just TOO SHORT and I share the road with you. I don't want to put your life in danger and vice-versa.

Please be smart. Don't text and drive.

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Spread the word. Help save a life...maybe even yours.

48 comments

Ang said...

This is a HUGE topic for me too. I once had a friend who was hit by a drunk driver - I was in 8th grade. I vowed then and there that I would NEVER drink and drive.
My point to bring this back to texting is that just because you think you won't hurt yourself... think about other people. If you're texting or drunk while driving you could seriously hurt or kill ANOTHER HUMAN BEING - how can anyone be okay with that? I worry so much on the road when I drive by people distracted (by a phone or make-up or a newspaper or a shaver).. don't they realize they could hurt someone else by not paying attention? If you want to ruin your life or kill yourself, that's your business, but don't hurt me, I want to live!

Btw - I don't text and drive :)

Amy said...

THAT video was so powerful! I have done that once or twice ... but not while actively driving ... while at a red light or something... but STILL ... it impairs your judgement SO much.. after watching that ... My cell shall be turned off in the car ... It is so not worth it! :(( thanks for sharing :)

Lauren H. Edmondson said...

I am so guilty of this - and not even just for texts, for Facebook, Twitter and other stuff too. I had a HUGE eye-opening experience last week when I was texting and RAN A STOP LIGHT. Luckily it was 6am and nobody else was coming, but it could have been so, so much worse. And what if my 17 mo. old had been in the car? Love this message you're spreading!

Jenn said...

This is so true. It's easy to think "just a quick text" but its really not worth it. My boyfriend and I used to text every morning while he drove to work (and I commuted via public transport) and one day he got into an accident. He was texting me and suddenly traffic in front of him stopped. Luckily he was able to swerve and hit the guard rail, but it caused a lot of damage to his car and the air bags went off. He was fine and so was everyone else around but that was his wake up call (and mine). It's just not worth it. The person you wanna respond to will be there in 10 minutes. If you text, you might not.

Kodie said...

My dad texts while driving and it drives me nuts (he's a retired cop for crying out loud!) I try not to do it, and have gotten good at waiting till I'm stopped at a light (or one of the many 5-10 minute trains in my town). I've seen people doing it more and more lately, and the scary thing is, since they made it illegal, people keep their phones in their lap and look down! At least before they would hold it in front of their face so their eyes were kinda on the road. I've seen the videos and it scares me, so a lot of times I silence my phone in the car, and my family knows that. They know I will get back to them when I am not driving.

Aly @ Analyze This said...

I'm so guilty of this :/ .... It's bad. My friend actually puts her phone in the trunk so it doesn't tempt her. I think it's not just texting though .. I play my music from my iPhone in my car through the speakers .... and if I hate a song, or want a new one, I go searaching. So bad. I've had some close, omg, slam on the breaks calls. Really, really scary. I dont want to hurt myself or anyone else JUST to read a text ... or play music ... or read an email. NOT WORTH IT!!!

Jodi said...

Such an important topic. I am guilty of this (mostly at red lights) which is how I justify it! Ugh! We all need to put our phones done once in a while especially when driving. Thanks for the reminder.

Meg Cady said...

Guilty. I spend so much time in the car that it is so easy to fall into this dangerous trap! This is such a good reminder! Thanks for sharing!

Tara St said...

I am guilty of this as well. I always try to remember stories of people injured in texting while driving accidents. There is a lawsuit pending in NJ where a couple on a motor cycle was hit by an 18 year old boy who was texting while driving. The couple each lost a leg in the accident. The couple also sued the driver's girlfriend who was the one texting him when the accident occurred. The court found that the girlfriend was not responsible, but the boyfriend faces a hefty judgment against him. All parties involved have had their lives changed forever.

Tara
Penniless Socialite

Steph said...

This should be a constant reminder to everyone! I'm guilty of it a time or two as well, but am making every attempt to not let it happen again on my part.

Dana @ five30three said...

Thank you for sharing and spreading the word. This is such an important topic. I was in a horrible roll over car accident when I was in high school and have always been a very cautious driver since then.

I live in a hands-free cell phone city (Chicago), but still see people all the time talking on their phones, texting, etc. Even police officer.

It's really scary and something needs to be done. Thank you for sharing!

Melissa said...

Texting and driving is very serious. More and more people are being killed or injured from this. It's so scary! Dustin's cousin died earlier this year in a car wreck because she was texting. She left behind a newborn baby. It's all just so sad! Thanks for sharing@ I hope lots of people see this!

Michelle said...

I used to be horrible about texting and driving. I don't know what changed, but I don't do it anymore. EVER. It terrifies me and it's so easy to get in an accident. I see people in the cars next to me texting everyday and it makes me so angry. So glad you're putting this out there! It's not how I want to die.

Aubrey S. said...

Thank you so much for writing this post. I could not agree with you more. And I find myself messing with my phone behind the wheel more and more often. It's just not acceptable, and it's not a habit I want to feed.

star said...

I don't drive, so this is not an issue for me. I however, do not allow Timmy to text while driving! It scares the crap out of me! A good friend and my sil have both been in car wrecks because they text while driving. Guess what, they still do it. So ridiculous, texting isn't that important!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

I see people, not just teenagers but grown ass adults, doing this ALL the time. It's so selfish. Thank you for getting the word out.

Erin said...

I'm guilty of it as well- but I try to keep my phone far away from me in the car. Even talking on the phone in the car makes me less aware of my surroundings.

Amy said...

In May I made a promise to someone that I would never text and drive again, and I've been doing terrible with it.

Cutting back doesn't save you... I sent this to my best friend today and we made a pact to both stop.

Michelle said...

Is a silly text worth some innocent person's life (your own included?) Is "one more drink"? 2 subjects that both terrify and anger me to the point of insanity. THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting this. I might do the same. You're definitely my favorite today.

Kalie said...

Thanks for sharing, more people need to realize how serious this is. I am guilty of texting at stop lights, but lately I have been making a habit of zipping my phone in mypurse and throwing that in the backseat so I can't even be tempted. I do have bluetooth built into my car, so I can still at least receive phone calls which makes it easier.

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Thank you for sharing this! I think we all need this eye-opening reminder !

Zara said...

I feel that this video should be shown to every single person, teen or adult.

There was a video a few years back that a British network did (maybe bbc) not a 100% sure, that was a true case that was along the same lines. Killed a whole family :(.

My biggest issue is emails while driving. I get so many for work, that I'm constantly reading them. In order to avoid texting, emailing and other phone related tasks. I stick my phone in it's holder that attaches to my dash. I have bluetooth connection so if someone calls I can pick up with my car rather then try to get the phone out.

I drive from Tucson to Denver a lot and when I start getting a string of messages I pull off to the side of the highway or the nearest exist to see what's going on.

You're right, our lives are worth so much more.

I'll have to steal this video and share it on the blog.

Thank you!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I haven't lost anyone due to a texting-related accident, and I never want to. California is really strict about using the phone and driving, and even though some people still do it, they definitely ticket a lot of people for it.

When I moved here last summer, we were shocked that SO MANY TEXANS talk on the phone and text when they're behind the wheel. We were like, "Isn't that against the law here?!"

I know I just tweeted the video to you, but here is the European commercial from a few years ago:

http://youtu.be/pubTiDCEVZ8

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Love this Michelle! Great post! I am all on board with you.

And the average time you spending looking at your phone while "texting" is 7 seconds...7 seconds!! That's a long time.

I don't even use siri when driving, im too scared.

Jenna said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I posted the video on my Facebook wall so that my friends and family would have an opportunity to view it as well.

I am guilty of texting and driving on occasion. It is stupid and dangerous, but most people tend to think "nothing is going to happen to me", "I'm a great driver", etc. But the truth is it could.

I drive with precious cargo (aka my kids) and I ignore text messages when they're in the car. I'm responsible for their safety.

thank you for sharing!

Syndal said...

this is heartbreaking.

Emily grapes said...

Man oh man this has been on my mind A LOT lately. I text and drive AAAAALL the time. Not gonna lie, I'm fairly good at it except those few times I catch myself in the other lane..then not so much. (which takes away from the whole I'm fairly good at it...' point) I limit them to when no other cars are around me but then what if someone jumped out and I didn't see?

Any way, I've really really been working hard on cutting back because I agree, no text is THAT important to warrant an accident or death. I've been seeing those commercials lately too and they give me chills, they're so true and sad.

Its still a work in progress, but hopefully I can get myself to completely step away from my phone (metaphorically of course) while driving.
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Shane said...

I am so glad you posted this to get the scary reality out there. I lost my 17 year old cousin recently to texting and driving. It CAN happen. They are finally making it illegal in Ohio and I couldn't be happier.

Shane said...

I am so glad you posted this to get the scary reality out there. I lost my 17 year old cousin recently to texting and driving. It CAN happen. They are finally making it illegal in Ohio and I couldn't be happier.

Michelle said...

...still thinking about this, and since you have said it so perfectly I'm gonna direct people over to this specific post tomorrow when I play the Pinterest game. Hope that's okay! ;)

LWLH said...

Amen to this.
I wish more kids would really take this seriously.

Megan said...

I have definitely been working on this lately. Heck, it's one of the reasons I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my phone. I read about that teen somewhere up north who is facing charges because he killed someone while texting and driving. And I just thought...I can't do that anymore. I have been better about it, but I certainly need to just stop completely. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren said...

I'm so glad you are posting this and that school kids will be watching this video. I flipped my car in a ditch when I was 16 because of texting and driving. I could have been killed but someone up above was watching over me.

I am going to be a nervous wreck when my babies start to drive....I just hope they will be more responsible than I was! Although, I did learn my lesson!

Amber said...

I've never texted while driving because I don't own a phone (!) but a friend of mine was texting and driving while on the interstate once,doing 80-90mph! Luckily,nothing happened,but I won't ride with my friend anymore unless he is off the phone...and doing the speed limit. Thank you for sharing this. It's something close to my heart & I plan on sharing it with everyone on my Facebook page. :)

Ruthie Hart said...

amen sister, thanks for posting this. I have been seeing so many commercials and PAs about this lately.

Kirstie and Michael said...

This makes me feel so guilty. But in a great way!! Man that video made me cry and to think about killing someone, myself or injuring others make me really see the bigger picture!! My phone will now stay tucked away in my bag until the car is parked and keys out of the ignition. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Raquel said...

Thank you so much for posting this! people really do need to be more careful! I have been guilty of doing this a couple of times, but i'm really trying not to. It's dangerous and in one second, your life could change for the worse

Jamie said...

Great post! I agree. I have seen those commercials too and they give me goosebumps every time. I think this message needs to be drilled into peoples heads. The text saying "what's up?" is not worth losing your life or killing someone else over.

<3 Jamie

Ruth said...

I wish it would be shown to more people. I am glad there have been some commercials lately against it but it won't stop some. I don't know how many times I have just barely been hit by someone to busy paying attention to their phone. If I get a text while driving I wait until I am stopped at where I am going or a stop light.

Erin said...

I'm guilty of this and that church sign is a real eye opener. I try to be more conscious about not doing it and putting my phone completely out of sight. I need to get better about that but your right...my last text was not worth killing myself or someone else.

xoxo
Erin
peacelovedecor.com

Ashley said...

Thanks for posting! I like it when it gets deep on blogs. People will listen to you because you have such a huge platform now and congrats! :)

I am guilty of it too, but I promise to try and be better and not worry about answering the phone, dialing numbers or texting anymore. Wake up calls are sometimes needed. You might have just saved someones life. Whoop! Whoop!

A Cajun Belle said...

I was hit by someone going 70mph and texting while I was completely stopped waiting to turn. It was the most horrible thing I've ever experienced and cannot stand people who text and drive.

Cary Dale Taylor said...

You are right. We need to stop this. I am guilty of it too. Thanks for the reminder.

Monica said...

This video is so sad! Its great that they are playing to beginner drivers. I am guilty of texting and driving and I have scared myself a few times. We all definitely have to be proactive about it

Cait said...

wow that video really is an eye opener as is your post girl- i def need to stop doing this and share it with my friends who do the same thing. thanks for the reminder hun!

Camille Griffiths said...

It's one of my biggest fears that my mom or husband will crash while texting!! I am always telling them not to. Such a serious problem, I'm glad it's becoming more well-known and that they're doing commercials about it.

Tricia said...

Thank you for posting this. Sometimes I totally feel like that "geeky" friend that gets after for my friends/family texting while driving. Though they're sad, when I saw these commercials I was so glad they came out. It's real life, and you could not only hurt yourself of someone else's loved one.
Still have people that do it? Have them watch the Will Smith movie "7 Pounds".
Great post, THANK YOU!

Claire Kiefer said...

You know what? I just sat here and watched the whole video, and I thank you so much for posting it. I have to confess: I do it all the time. I make excuses like "eh, I'm in traffic and going slow anyway," etc. but it is ridiculous. There's no reason to do it and any time I am tempted, I am going to think back to this video. It was really powerful--thank you so much, Michelle.

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