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A text to die for.

January 15, 2011

I never thought I would be texting on a phone at all, let alone while driving. But here I am; guilty of doing it. It’s amazing how things can become second nature, and then to the point where it is hard to stop doing it. Texting while driving is now one of those things. It takes a great deal of effort to resist it. I certainly don’t think about how it can kill anyone.

LOL. Where you at. Yeah. Not exactly text messages of critical importance. Yet as this sobering documentary by AT&T shows, these are exactly the type of text messages that end up killing people.

So many people text while they drive. I see it constantly on the road. As one of the people in the documentary points out, we would never close our eyes for 5 or 6 seconds while driving a car. Yet many of us think nothing of reading or responding to texts while driving. And that’s exactly what we’re doing: taking our eyes off of the road, whether it’s in our own neighborhood or on a busy highway. People who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an auto accident.

I can remember a time when I actually survived life without using mobile phone. When they came along, I saw it’s great blessing for emergencies like your car breaking down. Then I got to seeing its value just to get in some calls to use up the drive time. Texting has made it too easy to assume you can be in constant communication with someone.

But now, people are doing things like tweeting the funny license plate they saw, texting someone for directions, receiving grocery list texts. What did we do before this? Well, we just drove and paid attention to the road, then we dealt with our business matters at our destination. Such a novel idea, right?

I guess we don’t think about it too much, but driving is a very serious and dangerous undertaking. It is not for the careless or reckless. Just listening to the radio or CD’s, or even praying, is innocent enough. But if anything is taking our attention from the road, we have become dangerous. So if talking on the phone or listening to radio are distractions enough, texting has to be considered absolutely dangerous.

So if we are taking risks with our lives and the lives of others, are we living the Christian life we are called to live? I don’t mean to sound preachy, but we do need to think about this. And if we think about it, I don’t think there is any doubt that there is a moral obligation attached to driving.

We have to ask ourselves some serious questions. Am I putting the value of a text message higher than being a careful driver in respect for the souls on the road? Is it hypocritical to fight for the rights of the unborn, but give no consideration to the infant that might be traveling on the same road even just to reply to my wife with a “yes?”

This documentary has really woken me up. I hope it wakes you up, too. None of us really “need” to text while we drive. Talk to the people in your life you text with and tell them texting is too dangerous and you are committed to stopping it. Encourage them to do the same.

It might not be easy, but it is a worthwhile habit to break. Do whatever you have to in order to break the habit. Leave the phone in your purse, the glove box, the trunk if that’s what it takes.
Don’t you agree that it is worth it if it means preserving our own life and the lives of others?

Watch this excellent and eye-opening documentary, and change.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2011 12:10 am

    If I hear one more commercial regarding what we should/shouldn’t be doing in regards to texting, I’ll pull all my hair out! Stop sounding like our Government and Oprah, blech!
    I prefer to read new ideas in regards to our Faith and Dating, Thank you.

    • Mike permalink
      January 25, 2011 2:28 pm

      I see nothing wrong in publishing an article that helps to save lives, even if it isn’t necessarily related to Catholic dating. Keeping your attention on the road while driving is the Christian thing to do.

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