August 26, 2009
If you Text and Drive, You are an Idiot.
I watched a video last night that has sent me into some sort of spiral that I am trying to fight my way back out of.
It was an extremely graphic and realistic reenactment of a car crash... one that was caused by someone TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. After I watched it, I could not stop sobbing. I wanted to scream and smash things.
I have some things to say about it, because I just need to. I feel like I might explode or cave-in if I don't.
This video is not something everyone should see. (Myself included.) I did not need to see this video. Because I am not stupid enough to text (or give any distractions my attention) while I am driving. I refuse to even glance down at my radio to change the station while I'm driving. Because I am smart enough to grasp what could happen in that brief moment... I understand that I could harm someone or kill someone by doing that. So I don't do it.
But, if you are dumb enough to text while behind the wheel of your car, you need to watch this video, because obviously nothing else is going to REALLY get the point across that you are taking your own life in your hands while doing that, yes, but also, you are gathering up the lives of my child and my baby and my husband and myself in those same hands and playing Russian Roulette with them.
I'm just going to say it: If you text while you drive, or allow other distractions to pull your attention away from the road, I have a hard time respecting you as a person. I always have felt this way. But this video has compelled me to say something about it.
I am not naturally an anxious person. I don't typically live in fear over my safety or the safety of my loved ones. I believe God is in control of our lives, and He is good, so I just don't spend much of my time worrying about what 'could be'. But after watching that video last night, I have been battling against some major anxiety. In the middle of the night last night, I was sitting in bed, unable to turn the video off in my head... the sights and sounds... and I was praying ferociously that God would take it away so I could rest... but it just wouldn't stop so I gave up praying and picked up my book to fill my mind with something else. I finally fell asleep, but this morning I found myself feeling physically sick at the thought of loading my kids up in the car and driving them to Ezra's school.
I hate that I am allowing this to have so much power over me. But I also know that it is such an important message... and the graphic delivery of that message may not have been necessary for someone like me to grasp the implications of the responsibility I have every time I drive my car, but I think it is necessary for some. Those who have been told that they are endangering themselves and others, but continue in their behavior. The stupid ones.
I seriously think I am having some post traumatic stress over here. So, heed the warning: please don't go hunt down this video if you are at all sensitive and don't need to be told to pay attention while you are driving.
For those of you who do allow distractions when you are driving... search YouTube for "Texting Crash PSA" or something like that. PLEASE.
Watch so that maybe you can finally GET IT.
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