Texting While Driving

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A local 18 year old loses her life, will it be the message everyone needs to put the phone down?

It's so tragic that a young Kinston woman lost her life, in an accident police believe was caused due to texting while driving.

Recently, I saw a PSA done in the United Kingdom.  It's making its rounds on the internet, and would probably never be shown on U.S. television due to the extreme graphic nature.  In it, three teenaged girls are texting and the one that is driving loses focus and crosses the center lane, hits a car and then another car comes and hits it again from the other side.  Two of the passengers in the teenaged girl's car are killed, and she watches them die.  In the other car, a baby and its parents are unresponsive and a toddler is asking why Mommy and Daddy aren't waking up.  It is one of the most disturbing things I've seen in awhile..but boy did it make an impact.

I stopped texting while driving awhile ago...I am guilty of checking to see who has sent me a text..but then typically just call that person back.  I usually say, "Sorry I couldn't text, I'm driving" too.  It's just so dangerous.  I actually used to be a fast driver too, but the more time I spend in news and the more stories I read on air about how speed played a role in these accidents...the slower I drive.  Some have even gone to say I'm a "grandma driver" but being overly cautious never hurt anyone.  I do talk on the phone, but only with ear buds, and if it's raining or there's crazy traffic where I need to pay close attention I always get off.  It's just so scary.

I can't say how sorry I feel for Stephanie Jones' family.  I only hope that this horrific accident can serve as an example to everyone that texting while driving is dangerous and even deadly.

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