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Talking or texting while driving can be fatal

November 19, 2013 

We took a short trip to Cherokee, N.C., the other day. While we were driving on that curvy road between Maggie Valley, N.C., and Cherokee, I noticed many drivers talking on their cellphone or texting, driving all over the road and not paying any attention on this narrow road.

I, on the other hand, was holding on to the arm rest like I was going down with the Titanic.

When I got home I did some research and found that every day during daylight hours more than 660,000 drivers use their cellphone while driving in the United States. Texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash. Drivers on their cellphones can make young drivers’ reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting while driving kills 11 teens each day.

Several weeks ago, I read in a magazine that most people would rather text than get a phone call. Not me!

I want to hear someone’s voice on the other end. I don’t like to interpret what LOL or TMI mean. They say that texting is a unique type of language. I have enough trouble with the language I use on a daily basis.

They now have texts to remind you of everything, including doctors appointments, birthdays and anniversaries. I still like writing everything down on my calendar. I don’t like having to worry about charging my battery so I can remember something. I don’t want to miss anything.

Astrid at the Google store can be programmed to set up a to-do list and also Rememberthemilk.com can do the same thing.

Using a cellphone can be smart for some. But not when they are driving!

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