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Fatally distracted

Several days ago, I was nearly sideswiped by a massive grey truck.  Imagine my frustration as I looked over to see the male driver, who appeared to be close to my age (40), fiddling with his cell phone.  Fortunately for us both, I wasn’t. I am a reformed multi-tasking driver. 

Why?  Because I am one of those left behind.  Every day I live in the aftermath of my son’s fatal distraction.

If you believe you are competent enough to talk or text while driving, please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF0_7qC6YFo .  It is a graphic illustration of how quickly things can go very, very wrong.  Every driver needs to watch this video; parents of teen drivers should watch it twice, the second time with their child.

If that alone doesn’t convince you, check out this photo of my son's car:

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Let me be very clear: he was making a phone call-pressing a SINGLE button-and paid the ultimate price for his poor decision. 

This is not simply a problem with teen drivers.  I would argue experienced adult drivers are just as dangerous, if not more so, based on the sheer number of drivers alone.  The next time you are sitting at a traffic light, take a good look around you.  It is a sobering reality check.

My challenge to you: be the example and make the change.  Just do it.  We all need to put the phones away and focus on the task at hand: driving.  It’s easy.  And who knows?  The life you save may very well be your own…

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