Cars Make Pretty Effective Weapons

The second I saw the headline I knew I should avoid the article like the plague.  But no, I’m not smart enough to do something that easy.  Nope.  When my eyes zeroed in on, “Driver Sent, or Got, 11 Texts in 11 Minutes Before Crash,” you just have to know I’m going to click on the link and read it.

Yes.  This is a pet peeve of mine, and if you think it’s okay to text and drive, you might want to head to another blog right now.  Because I think texting and driving is a dangerous, irresponsible and selfish thing to do.

I’ve been involved in two accidents in the past six or eight years.  The first time a woman rear ended me.  Fortunately it was in a residential area and I was only going twenty-five.   She couldn’t have been going much faster because there was no damage to our vehicles, except something on the front of her truck really dented my license plate.

Now the second accident…that’s an entirely different story.  This guy blew through a red light on a highway, hitting me at about sixty mph, totaling my van.  I’ll be paying for that for the rest of my life.  The Stranger In My Head is my story, written at the suggestion of one of my doctors.  He thought it might help others in similar circumstances.

I’m well aware that things could have been much worse for me.  As long as I workout in a pool, and do a  specific set of stretches several times a week, most people wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with me.  But if I get too busy, or slack off, even for a couple of weeks, it’s not hard to see that I’m in a great deal of pain.  And that pain is caused from injuries sustained by being broadsided at a high rate of speed.

The funny thing about those accidents is that both of them occurred the middle of the afternoon, on clear days with dry road conditions.  Nothing around around to obstruct or impair the drivers’ vision.  No one proved anything one way or another, but the only real way to miss a car or van or red light is if you’re looking at something you shouldn’t be.  Like maybe a cell phone screen.

This video is obviously staged but I believe it shows very realistically what texting and driving can do.  The next video IS about actual events.  I hope you’ll take 11 minutes to watch it.

In the article I cited in the first paragraph, a 15 year old girl, as well as the driver of the truck…the driver who was more interested in texting than the thousand pound missile he should have been in control of….both died.  More were injured.  Most of them band members heading to an amusement park for the day.  Because of that 11th text message, they never made it.

Vehicles weren’t created to be weapons.  The second people decide to text and drive, though, that’s exactly what they become.  It’s bad enough that they’re willing to risk their own lives for such a stupid pastime.  But it’s just criminal when they put the lives of everyone else on the road in danger because of their selfishness.

Please take a few minutes to watch this.  And then if you’re someone who thinks it’s okay to text and drive…stop it.  If you’re not, share this video with everyone you can.  No one has the right to rob someone else of their life, or quality of life.  Neither do they have the right to deprive their loved ones of their company because they died over an LOL.

What about you?  Do you text and drive?  If not, what do you think about the practice?  Is it illegal in your state?

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