I have been thinking for days on how to react to the article in the evening news concerning the truck driver and the deadly accident by the International Bridge. It is such a SAD situation all around.
From the truck driver that chose to look at his phone while driving to the injured people and to the family of the gentleman that was killed. I’m so, so sorry this happened. My heart breaks for everyone. Such a preventable accident. I spent a lot of this past weekend at Kelsey’s grave thinking, why. Why can’t people just put their phones away? What am I doing wrong? I must be doing something wrong to have it happen again in the same town.
I know a lot of people think that it is the new drivers that are more apt to cause an crash, like my Kelsey did. You know, I thought that when I first started on this journey. Then, the more I learned the more it became apparent that yes, our youth have less experience driving and are at a high risk of causing a crash. BUT when it comes to distracted driving, we ALL are playing Russian roulette. None of us are guaranteed that if we look away from the road, that we won’t crash. NO ONE!!!
Many of you have heard me say, “5 seconds to read a text. 5 seconds to look at your phone. 5 seconds to dial a phone number. Just 5 seconds to look at that Facebook feed.” That is driving the length of a football field at 55 mph with a blindfold on. It took my Kelsey 6 seconds of a phone conversation to be killed. I’m sure this truck driver just glanced down at his phone for, let say 5 seconds. He took a life and injured others because of those 5 seconds.
So, it doesn’t matter your age, your gender, what vehicle you drive, taking your eyes off the one thing you should be doing when behind the wheel of a car, driving and paying attention, can cause death. It’s not just the youth anymore.
It breaks my heart when I drive around in our little town where now 2 people have died because of distracted driving and see so many STILL texting, checking their e-mail, checking their Facebook, talking on the phone. Every day, yes every day, I see it. When are people going to realize that all of that can wait? I lost my daughter because of it. This wife, twins and a younger child lost their husband and daddy. And the others that were injured will have lifelong problems.
Now, I’m not bashing the young man for what happened. I’m sure he didn’t set out to kill someone that day. I’m sure he thought, like everyone else, that using a phone while driving nothing would happen. I applaud the young man for standing up for what he did and taking the punishment. I’m sorry that this happened. I pray that he is able to help teach others on the dangers of distracted driving.
I pray for all the family’s that has been affected by this tragedy. You know I do. And you all know my heart breaks for everyone involved.
I’m going to say it one more time. Nothing on your phone is worth the 5 seconds, or even 1 second of you taking your eyes off the road. It can wait. PLEASE, I beg you from the bottom of my heart, PUT YOUR PHONES AWAY while you are driving.