The Texting While Driving Lie

We tell ourselves we aren’t like them, that we got this thing, that we pay attention enough to text and drive.  Uh-huh.

To put it West Texas indelicately: bullshit.

I’m not gonna lecture with stats.  I’m not gonna shame folks.  I’m also not gonna turn a blind eye to accidents and deaths that are Easy-Bake-Oven simple to prevent.

Someone dim the lights and let’s watch a few informative reels (thanks to Lisa at Grandma’s Briefs for two of the videos).

 

 

This is an issue that I deal with weekly.  I’m a runner and pretty much every time I’m out on the streets for a run, I have to avoid being run over by someone on their phone, either texting or talking while driving.

People are risk takers, I get it.  But, don’t put others at risk with your behavior.  If you’re driving, drive.  There’s nothing so important that it’s worth risking anyone’s well-being or life based on the stupidity of texting while driving.

Don’t lie to yourself or others. Don’t text and drive.

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this reminder. A woman almost crashed into my van because of this, and she had the nerve to tell me that it’s none of my business what she chooses to do while driving! Really? Because if she had crashed into my vehicle and killed one of my children that would be my business. But I’m preaching to the choir here. I appreciate people like you who are doing their part to spread the word on this foolish behavior.

  2. Thank you for posting! And Weird, I posted on this same topic just this Monday and linked up to it as well. I think it’s important to raise awareness. To many people think they are the exception to the rule, and that they can still text and pay attention.

  3. I agree 100%…everyone says that they don’t do it, but I SEE those same people everyday! It makes me so mad, especially when I see it being done by moms as they drive into school parking lots to drop off or pick up kids. Disgusting. Great post.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      It’s so true. I don’t understand why folks think everyone else can’t text and drive, but they can.

  4. THANK YOU. This needs to be said! When I’m walking, I often have to leap out of the way of cars whose driver is texting; when I’m driving, I often have to honk at people who are texting while walking and wandering into traffic!

    I’ve never texted in my life. I survive without a cell phone, and I think most people could–after all, we all did, just a few decades ago–but even those who really need the cell phone could wait to use it until they have parked the car.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I love my smart phone…DON’T TAKE IT AWAY! But texting while driving is self-centered and beyond my understanding.

  5. I am often tempted to text while driving, and I no keep my phone in my purse!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      You are? This is probably a generational thang, but I can’t imagine anything needing my attention so urgently that I’d risk texting while driving. Kuddos for keeping your phone in your purse.

  6. Thank you for posting this! This is a real problem. I have to admit that I have texted while at a stop light… I know its not good!

    I can’t stand it when people are distracted while driving. It is really obvious when they are on their phone or texting. They say that cell phone users while driving are just as dangerous as someone drinking and driving. Yeah, you might not hit someone this time, but it does happen.

    The video with the child and mom in the crosswalk really made my heart sink. 🙁 I am sharing this!

    Please, be vigilant while jogging! One of my pet peeves is joggers with ear buds. You can’t hear what is going on around you with ear buds in and you are really distracted (they are illegal while driving). Can’t tell you how many times a jogger has jumped out in front of my car while rocking out on their ear buds. Cars are dangerous and we all need to be focused and not distracted when it comes to roads.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I appreciate the candid thoughts, and believe me I am careful when I run. I’ve been running for 40 plus years and have seen all kinds of preventable accidents. Thanks again for coming by.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this issue over at Whatever Goes Wednesday. I used to text and drive all the time…stupidly. That was back when I had a simple cell phone that I didn’t have to look at to text on. It’s almost impossible to text without looking on a smartphone now though. I can’t even do it without looking when I’m not driving! This was also before getting married and having kids. Absolutely nothing on my phone is more important than making sure my family arrives in one piece. Or making sure that I avoid going to jail for driving recklessly or taking someone else’s life. I couldn’t live with myself if I did something like that. Thanks for the reminder of why this is such an important issue.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Thank you for joining this important conversation. I know the lure of our gadgets can cloud our safety judgement, but this problem has such an easy fix: don’t text and drive! I know how you feel about your family and others. So happy to know you know longer text and drive (and right? those smartphones can be infuriating to text on!)

  8. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says:

    This is so true! What a great message! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  9. I agree…I’m a runner as well and I don’t have any sidewalks where I live. I am always watching intently because you never know if someone is paying attention or not. I’ve had to jump off the road a time or two. It is scary. Surprisingly, here, the school buses are the worst. Not at texting or being on the phone, but they give runners no clearance. I could reach out and touch them as they go by.
    Take care,
    KC

  10. Vashti Quiroz-Vega says:

    Great post! Everyone thinks they’re the exception to the rule. They shouldn’t fool themselves. Why take the risk? I came across your blog via the Breaking Rules Party. I’m so glad I did. I follow you now. Please follow me back. If you enjoy my post please “Like” or leave a message. I appreciate the support.

    Thank you,

    Vashti

  11. You can always tell when someone is not paying attention when they’re driving that they’re on the phone. I think the Public Service Announcements they’re doing now with family members who’ve lost someone while texting, leading with the last text they sent, are really powerful. Thanks for an important message.

  12. Amen! Thank you for giving this topic publicity.

  13. They always look at me like I’m the one doing the wrong thing, running or walking. They’re always so shocked to have to avoid me!

  14. Lorraine @ Cookin' For the Seven Dwarfs says:

    Thanks for sharing this on Sweet & Savoury Sundays. It’s definitely a good reminder to keep that phone tucked away in my purse while driving! I actually JUST hit someone on a bike a few weeks ago while driving. I didn’t have my phone out, they were in my blind spot and they were going against traffic, went at a stop light and were on the cross walk. Technically its not my fault, but it is because I didn’t triple check myself when I made the turn. Thankfully he was okay, but since then I’ve kept all the distractions away so something like that doesn’t happen again.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Holy smokes, you must have felt awful hitting that guy. The biggest no-no was him going against traffic. When I’m out running, I tell the other runners/walkers facing me that are on the same side of the street that they are going the wrong way and BE SAFE! walk/run against traffic. Thanks for sharing with us. And so glad everyone is ok.

  15. In incredibly important message to share again and again and again. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Wow, these are some powerful videos! I’m “old school,” so even using a cell phone is new technology for me. The hubby and I don’t even have texting on our phone plan. I also will not answer my cell while driving — I have always lived by the “hands at 10 & 2” on the steering wheel, and until I grow a third hand to manage the phone, that is not going to change! I think even though these videos are very graphic, most people who do text and drive will just continue on until something happens. Basically, people feel indestructible, especially younger people — sad but true!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      It’s tough breaking old habits (speaking of, I think the 10 & 2 is now not advised because of injuries if the airbag deploys. think i read that somewhere!) and this one is so tough on those who love their phones. I think we just have to keep passing the info along.

      Thanks for joining the convo (your comment was in my spam box, thus the delay in reply).

  17. Thanks for the post. Repeating the message over and over actually works. I remember when people thought drunk driving was no big thing; MADD changed that. Thanks also to the Grand Social for providing the outlet.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I feel the same way. Repeat repeat repeat. Sometimes osmosis takes over and BAM! they get it. Thanks for coming by and joining this conversation.

  18. Lilibud's Garden says:

    Hi….I’m your newest follower…nice blog

  19. Sandra @ The Adored Home says:

    This is a very sobering post for sure. It is so true we should not be texting while we are driving. Thanks for the bold reminder!
    Sandra
    The Adored Home

  20. So true! I counted 30 people using their phone on the way home the other afternoon. That was just in about a 30 minute or 40 minute time span. Pretty scary.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Sadly, as a runner who watches traffic intently, this doesn’t surprise me. Scary, indeed.

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