One of my major pet peeves is using a cell phone while driving. One of my most favorite and loved person in this world hears it from me every-time I see her using her phone while driving.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction
All I can imagine is someone I love getting hurt or even worse killed because they looked down at their cell phone while driving. When I hear someone say that they aren’t distracted if they check their phone or try to answer a text, I just want to dummy slap them right up side the head.
If I was texting a person while they were driving, I would hope the person who pull over or wait till they are stopped in order to answer my text. Answering a phone or responding to a text message isn’t worth it.
Another pet peeve with me is again cell phones. I think they have their time and place. But life doesn’t have to revolved around them. Drives me nuts when we are out to eat and everyone has their cell phone on. Or how kids are given tablets to keep them quiet at church. Why take them to church if they are going to play on a computer the whole time. They miss church, even if they are sitting there.
I know my daughter brings a tablet to church to help keep JJ and Josalyn quieter since someone complained that Josalyn was babbling. I find it nonsense for people to grumble of a chatty baby. They need to be at church and others need to get off their high horse and let children come to church. I can understand if she was having a melt down. She was just babbling. If they can’t handle baby babbling, maybe they need to go to the other room.
I got a bit distracted on this blog post since I decided to say a bit about a baby that is distracting someone who doesn’t want her to coo or babble. Children belong in church, just as much as anyone else.
K, so back to my blog post about texting and driving. I would hope that people can see the dangers of doing this. It takes just one second of looking down to your phone before something catastrophic would happen. Have some common courtesy to your loved ones you are leaving behind should you get in an accident. Have some common courtesy to those on the road who would like to make it home safe and sound.
If a person doesn’t care enough about themselves, then think about all the innocent people on our street. Would you like to be the one standing in the street looking down to grown and staring into the face of a children or another person? Just because you just had to read that all important message and try to type back, a life was lost. Would it be worth it to you then.
Here are some links about people who were texting/driving while on the phone: