I love my cell phone (it's a cute little Palm Pixi!) and I especially love texting. It makes life so much easier. Running late to meet some friends? Text 'em. Need Ricky to pick up a few things from the grocery store on his way home from work? Text him the list.
While I much prefer texting to actually talking on the phone I have only texted while driving (I know, I'm an idiot) a handful of times.
But a few months ago I saw an episode of Oprah that scared the shit out of me! I knew texting and driving was dangerous, but did you know that it is actually more dangerous than driving while intoxicated???
Yep, according to the latest research, talking on your phone and driving is the same as driving drunk and texting while driving is WORSE!
Well, that information scared me straight. I would NEVER drive drunk and I especially would never drive drunk with Little Ricky in the car, so why was I taking a risk by using my cellphone in the car?
Immediately after watching that episode I texted Ricky (don't worry, neither of us were driving) to tell him that we were NEVER using our phones in the car again. I then went to Oprah's website and signed the No Phone Zone Pledge.
After signing the pledge I posted something on Facebook about it. The responses I got varied from "I'm scared too" to "But the car is the only time I have to get anything done."
I get that. I get that people are busy. I get that your kids may never give you a moment's peace and so your time in the car is your quiet time to talk and text. But really. How much are you going to get done if you are dead? Or how important is that text/phone call going to seem after you've caused an accident that has injured or, God forbid, killed someone?
I don't want to sound preachy, but I feel so strongly about this. I want to feel safe on the road. I want to feel that MY CHILD is safe when we are on the road.
So I'm asking you--sign the pledge, go to Oprah's site and learn more about this deadly activity and PLEASE don't text and drive. For my child, for your child, for our parents, our spouses, our friends. It's just not worth it.