Recently, Laura Safe was walking and texting her boyfriend at the same time while on her way to a Birmingham, England shopping center. She was so engrossed in the text that she completely missed the fact that she should have turned at the base of the steps and instead found herself stepping directly into the icy canal.
Ms. Safe is okay save for a bruised ego and a little embarrassment.
We see these sorts of things happening all the time and we chuckle because itâ€™s funny. Itâ€™s like witnessing a Three Stooges reel and we have all done it. I know I have; missed a step or ran into a glass door or a person.
I felt stupid, was fine and carried on with my texting, tweeting, messaging or whatever it was that had me so engrossed in my iPhone. But really, texting and doing just about anything is dangerous.
Yes, I am a mom and I am supposed to say that, so in a few short years when my own daughters have cell phones, I will have already drilled it into their heads how dangerous texting and doing most other things simultaneously are to the person doing the texting or any poor unsuspecting person who may become their victim.
Falling into a canal is dangerous for sure. Ms. Safe was very lucky, but it could have been a lot worse. She could have walked into oncoming traffic. Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s happened and I am sure it will happen again soon. Ms. Safe could have been texting and driving, which is honestly, like driving blind. I have been guilty of doing this in the past.
I used to do it a lot more than I do now, but I heard about The Brown Family and it put it all into perspective for me. In November of 2009, the Brown family sent their eldest daughter, Alex, off to her senior year and she never returned.
Alex was texting while driving to school. She was distracted by the text. She lost control of her truck, itâ€™s assumed that she tried to overcorrect and ended up flipping the car. She was ejected from the car and the truck rolled over on top of her causing fatal injuries. Just like that, all the promise and plans for the future were snuffed out. Just like that, the entire family was destroyed because of a text.
I donâ€™t ever want this to happen to me while I am driving, especially since nine times out of ten, I have my children with me. Almost as bad as wrecking with my children in the car, Iâ€™d hate to think that I am the example my girls are following and one day I could be responsible for them texting while driving and then crashing and dying.
My mommy heart could not handle that, so I have stopped texting while driving. I may still take a quick glance while driving if the phone beeps, but for the most part, I try to restrict any texting I do in the car to when the car is stopped.
So, it may seem funny and lighthearted when someone â€œaccidentallyâ€ walks into a canal, but that can quickly become someone walking out into traffic or driving off the road with their newborn in the car and killing themselves and possibly even another driver.
Do you text and drive? Stop it now. My suggestion, come to a full stand still before texting and doing anything else.
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