This should go without saying but it is DUMB, DUMB, DUMB to text message while driving. With three teens in the house (two of whom are driving), I know first-hand just how addictive text messaging is to anyone under 30 years old but the story below (courtesy of Engadget) illustrates just how deadly this can be…..
According to a report from the Boston Globe, a man claims that he was typing a text message into his cellphone when he lost control of his SUV and fatally struck a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle. In a stark and sad reminder of the cause for recent laws put into effect governing texting / phoning while driving, it appears the man was so distracted that he didn’t even realize what had happened until later that night. Ironically, the friend of the boy who had been walking with him attempted to call 911 on his phone, but was unable to get through. The driver is being charged with motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and driving without a license. A tragic story — and unfortunately not the first we’ve seen — but hopefully a cautionary tale for anyone who regularly juggles driving and texting. Don’t.
Please drive carefully….
Thanks for reading,