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No amount of convenience can ever make up for what I’ve lost.
No amount of convenience can ever make up for what I’ve lost.

I still have my very first mobile/cellular phone; way back when, it was referred to as a bag phone. When we moved in 2006, John and I discussed tossing (recycling) it, but decided instead to put it in the attic, thinking one day we could pull it out to impress our grandchildren… At the time, we never imagined I would have a very different audience to share it with…

I am constantly amazed by all of the advances in technology. From weight and size to connectivity and capability, I find the evolution of mobile/cellular phones to be wondrous and fascinating while also more than a little bit sad…

Technological advances and infrastructure have certainly increased my flexibility with scheduling and availability; I am no longer chained to a desk or a particular location. Additionally, my sense of security is heightened by knowing help is only a phone call away. Nevertheless, this very technology has irreparably changed my life-my family’s lives-and the lives of many others in a terrible, tragic way… No amount of convenience can ever make up for what I’ve lost…

It is for this reason that I spend so much of my life trying to convince others to stay off of the phone while driving.

Last week I participated in a press conference with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte DOT to kick-off the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which began on April 1st. You can watch the coverage on News 14 here:

http://www.twcnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2016/03/31/cmpd-preparing-to-crack-down-on-distracted-driving.html

I find it remarkable that distracted driving has become such a widespread problem that it now has an entire month dedicated to raising awareness…

At the time I switched from a beeper/pager to the bag phone for work (roughly twenty-five years ago), it wasn’t an issue.

Today, when you consider the number of vehicles on the road, the risk increase caused by driving distracted and the extent to which distracted driving (specifically due to cell phones) is occurring, well…I guess you end up with an awareness month-not that I’m complaining. You also get people like me, talking about it to anyone who’ll listen, so that what happened to us doesn’t happen to you…

We need all the help we can get…

If you would like a visible reminder to NOT drive distracted and/or to help us raise awareness of the dangers of driving distracted, we have plenty of Brian’s Bracelets to share! Thanks to the continued support and generosity of State Farm Insurance, we are still able to provide bracelets at no charge! Please email me at rememberbrian@mindspring.com with the number of bracelets you would like and where to send them-I’ll get them in the mail to you ASAP…

No one should lose their life over the press of a button…

Wishing you blessings and hope…

tg

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