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Please Don’t Text and Drive

Tracey (standing) with (l-r) Rachel (14), Jackie (in red) (17), and Kayleena (19)

Author Tracey Heslip (standing) with daughters (l-r) Rachel, Jackie (in red), and Kayleena

This blog is going to be short and sweet…well, maybe not so sweet.

This past week I was sitting in the Wendy’s parking lot facing M-21 at about 5:15 in the evening. I was APPALLED at how many people were texting and driving. I was there for about 15 minutes and during that time about 25% of the drivers were texting. You would think “teenage” drivers……NOPE!!!! A few were teenagers, but most were middle-aged; some with children in the back seat.

How can I tell my teenage drivers not to text for their safety and the safety of others, when their safety is at risk from other drivers? You may think that I’m over-reacting, but I think this is common sense. In the State of Michigan we have a law about texting and driving.

According to distraction.gov, using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays the driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. If you are driving alone and need to text, pull over. If you have a passenger, assign them “designated texter” to text for you.

In April 2011, Memorial Healthcare hosted a “Buckle Up Stop Texting” event at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Their keynote speaker for this event was Amanda Umscheid, of Missouri, who shared her personal experience related to the loss of her sister in a texting and driving accident. For a moving video on why you should not text and drive, which includes Amanda’s story, click here.  

To help you remember not to text and drive, Memorial Healthcare is offering free thumb bands to the community. These bands are to be worn on a driver’s thumb to remind them not to text and drive. For your free thumb band, visit Memorial’s main lobby at 826 W. King Street, Owosso.

So please, please, please do NOT text and drive.

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