Sunday, January 20, 2013

What is worth losing your life over?


I had no plans to post today, but I finally got around to going through some emails from last week and watched a video my mom sent me. First I clicked and saw it was, ugh, 10 minutes long. I need to go do the dishes and clean the kitchen before Snooze wakes up. I watched about 40 seconds and knew that I would make the time to spare 10 minutes to finish watching. 

Please, make the time. Leave this as an unread email until you can sit for 10 minutes and watch this. 

I have posted about not texting and driving in the past, posted X-rays of broken necks and backs, all from one little text. Maybe just one letter, because one second is all it takes. But you know what? On occasion, I still do it. I start responding at a red light and the light turns green and I am just trying to finish the last few words so I can set my phone down and focus on the road again, but in those few seconds, everything can change. A car runs the other red light and hits us. Me and all three of my babies, gone in an instant, because Mommy was still looking down, trying to rush through and press send on a text that just absolutely had to be answered then and couldn't wait until the next red light, could not wait until home, so I didn't see the car and have time to brake. We could all be dead. It could happen. To me. To you. 

You could take the life of a mother and three babies because you are looking down and don't realize the light is turning red. Or because you are glancing down just every few seconds, attention not completely on the road. 

What is worth losing your life over? Taking someone else's life over?

I can tell you this right now: texting is not worth losing MY life over, and certainly not my children's. It is not worth taking someone else's life over. I am making a pledge right now to myself, my husband, my children, my whole family, my friends and all of you that I am never going to text while driving - while the engine in my car is running - ever again. Not at all. Not at a red light. Never. 

If you, too, will make this pledge right now, leave a comment below stating so. Hold yourself to it. One comment or twenty comments or more - lives will be saved. Pass this on to friends and family. We wouldn't drive drunk, so why text? 

It's not worth it. 


16 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder and I promise to you and everyone and my family to be aware and never text or call while I drive or submit to other distracting behavior! Hugs z

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  2. I do! I clearly remember driving with my new baby in the car and looking in my rearview mirror at a woman who was like 5 ft from my bumper. I was irritated that she was tailgating me (at 55 mph), but almost went ballistic when I saw that she 1) had her phone propped up on her steering wheel and was looking at it, and 2) had two kids in her car. Insanity.

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  3. I promise to my family that I will not text in the car at all! Xo Ashley Shupe

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  4. My brother, sister and I made this promise to our mom a few years ago and I will admit, I have gotten bad about it again--at red lights--not while the car is moving. But, I think this is a great reminder of just how precious life is. I am renewing my pledge to never text or look at email, facebook, etc while the car is in drive. Thank you for this, I needed to read it!

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  5. This was worth the 10 minutes. This was dear to the heart. I will surely think again once I hear my notifications go off while I'm driving.

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  6. Such an important reminder! I was driving my 5 and 8 year olds to school this fall and a bicyclist turned right in front of me. He was trying to cut the corner too quickly and fell off his bike. I hit the breaks, got out to help, and realized my front bumper was less than a foot from his bike/body.

    He had some serious scrapes, but was able to walk away form the accident. I, however, am forever a changed person. I can't tell you how many times I've replayed that incident in my head, thinking of the outcome had I been texting or on the phone.

    Such a great reminder for all of us to keep the phone out of reach when we're driving -- thanks for the post, so important!

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  7. I pledge to never text and drive again. It's not worth it. xo

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  8. It's not worth my life, my precious babies' lives or anyone else's. Thanks for posting. Here is my pledge...

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  9. Just forced my 22 year old son and hubby (both text addicts) to watch. We pledge, no more! Thank you, Sheridan for posting!

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  10. Sheridan,
    Awesome post. I am with you. I take the pledge!
    Whitley
    www.thequeencitystyle.com

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  11. I couldn't agree more! I do occasionally text while at a light, but this is a great reminder. I'm in!

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  12. I will not pick up my phone in the car!!! No texts, emails, or iTunes!!!!

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  13. thank you for this post! I'm guilty of checking my phone at red lights but it stops today...it's not worth it!

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  14. Thank you for this post...like most, I am guilty of picking up my phone in the car. One would think that after being in a roll over car accident with my 7 week old baby (hit by a driver who ran a red light...she didn't admit to using her phone, but said she looked down at the clock) that I would have locked my phone in my center console, but I haven't After your post I made an official rule with myself...the only time I pick up the phone, talk on the phone, etc. is when my car is in park. Thanks for the great reminder!

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  15. Thank you for posting this. I pledge to avoid using my cell while driving. Life is too precious!

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  16. Thanks for posting! I just had a baby and I can't imagine something happening to my family or someone else from texting and driving. Im a teacher and just returned back to work last week and I texted in my car at a light at 6:45am in the morning-- really! So stupid! have not even watched the video you posted yet, however just from your initial post alone, I pledge never to text in my car again, ever! P.S. I'll watch the video when I get 10! thanks!!!! Shelly

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