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No call is more important then someone’s life!

June 19, 2010

I recently saw a flyer posted at work that had this typed out:

Then a friend on Facebook posted that her father was hit by a car and he lost his leg and had to go into surgery to save his life. A 17 year old girl was driving @ 40 mph. I have no idea if she was texting, talking or anything else. It just made me realize that in a split second you can change your life or take another.

I’ve made the decision to not be a distracted driver.  I am done deceiving myself thinking that I am a better driver then everyone else.

Studies show that:

  • Texting is MUCH worse then driving drunk
  • Crash risk is 4 times more likely while texting
  • Using a hands free is still dangerous
  • Both hand-held and hands-free devices increase driver reaction time and are equally as dangerous.

Please do a little research. You can go here, here or here.

What this decision means for me:

  • I will not put makeup on while driving
  • I will not eat in my car – if on long trips I will stop and eat there
  • I will not read email messages or Facebook status updates
  • I will program my GPS before I start my vehicle
  • I will not reach for something on the passenger floorboard
  • I will turn off my phone
  • I will keep my phone in my purse out of my reach

I know this will be inconvenient and hard at first. I will adjust and in a few weeks it will be habit and I won’t remember that I did it any other way.

The thought of me being responsible for killing someone or hurting someone so much that their life changes completely is something I don’t think I could live with. Nothing is worth that chance!

So to all my friends who text and call me and need things from me… I will get back to you when I get to my final destination.

Things go through my mind as I make this decision… What if there is an emergency? What if there is a change of plans and I need to drive another several miles to get to where I was going? What if my friend goes into labor? What if, what if, what if! I think of so many things that could happen or go wrong. But I remember 10 years ago I didn’t have a cell phone and I lived.

It’s important to:

  • Silence your phone before you begin your drive
  • Set up a voice mail message that explains you’re on the road, practicing safety to protect yourself and fellow drivers
  • Stop texting while driving. Research shows drivers who text are 8 to 23 times as likely to be involved in a collision
  • Pull over and park if a call is absolutely necessary
  • Encourage your friends and family to leave their phones out of reach while driving

Driving is a privilege, but it also gives you an enormous amount of responsibility. One that I have decided to take very seriously!

I hope you’ll join me! Now I am off to change my voicemail!

Blessings to you!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. LeahM permalink
    June 19, 2010 11:15 am

    That is so good NIcky. I read this thinking, “Geez, I wish so-and-so would do this”… and then realized. Really Leah? You just need to be responsible for yourself… 🙂 So, maybe I need to stop doing some of the same and be a more responsible driver.

  2. June 19, 2010 1:59 pm

    Congrats Nicky on making this decision. I am totally with you. I don’t answer my phone while driving. And if it’s an emergency, I tell people that if I don’t answer and its a true emergency call back 2 more times immediately. This will let me know its urgent so then I can safely pull over and tend to the emergency.

    Celebrate Life and Capture It!
    Patty Reiser
    SOAR! Sister

  3. June 19, 2010 2:04 pm

    good stuck nick!

  4. nichollepeterson permalink*
    June 19, 2010 2:19 pm

    Wow Patty! I love that idea!! I am working on changing my voicemail message. I’ll add that!

  5. Michela permalink
    June 21, 2010 3:26 pm

    Wow! I’m inspired by you!! I occasionally dabble in the temptation at returning a text, etc., while driving because I feel that, like you mentioned, I’m the “exceptional” driver but I know this a lie I tell myself. Thanks for the encouragement/reminder to take it more seriously and realize the reality of its consequences.
    P.S. I like how you post connections on your site and a little window pops up when my mouse moves over your link to show me a preview of what the site looks like. So cool! 🙂

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