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Great distracted driving news for Gram’s birthday! Hooray!!!

Hey there, remember me? Yes, it’s your long lost Mother R back from an extended holiday sabbatical. Or that’s my excuse anyway. And now that the holiday season has been well and fully celebrated, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays plus mine and Gram’s, I guess it’s finally about time to get back to work. 

Especially since there is fantastic news to share, thanks to some exciting news analysis by Matt Richtel in Sunday’s New York Times. Are you ready? Here goes! Many drivers are doing their texting in parking spaces rather than on the road! And Mother doesn’t mind one bit that it may not have anything to do with taking her advice. You may all be doing it because Oprah said so, or Ray LaHood, or the Car Talk guys, or somebody else altogether – she doesn’t care! She is just thrilled that you are doing it, and can’t thank you enough. But she will try. 

THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!

But do you know who isn’t thrilled? Yup, the folks who are waiting for your parking spaces. Please do not worry about them. Once they realize you are making every effort to save their lives, they won’t be so cranky. In fact, they will be patient and grateful, like you are when the shoe is on the other foot, right? Of course you are! They will catch up soon, bless their little pointed heads. Maybe an assortment of exceptionally creepy PSAs from Bangalore, by way of The Inspiration Room, will help. Let’s give it a try…

Don’t Talk While he Drives 

Too disgusting? I’m sorry!

Here’s a charming video from the New York Times to cheer you up. It’s about a delightful elderly (but not at all infirm!) lady and her old car that looks like new. Enjoy 🙂

Isn’t she a dear? This nice lady is not my Gram, but she sure reminds me that I still miss her after all these many years. 

Happy birthday, Gram! 


Distracted driving: STILL texting & chatting on the road?

I know, I know, I’ve been harping on this for quite some time now. Does mother need to tell you how to make me stop? That’s right! I will stop nagging you as soon as you do what I say, and I say that you must STOP texting or chatting on the phone as you drive. So have you stopped? Yes? Good for you!

What? Some of you haven’t?

OK, you’ve asked for it; I’m calling in the big guns. If you won’t listen to me, then maybe you’ll pay more attention when you hear it from Oprah. That’s right, Oprah herself has turned her attention to this critical issue, bless her heart. In fact, she devoted an entire show to America’s New Deadly Obsession, complete with custom t-shirts and a very catchy slogan (Don’t tempt f8, that txt can w8). But it’s more than just a show. Oprah is starting a movement, the No Phone Zone movement. Thank you so much, dear Oprah!

If you have time, mother recommends the entire episode. It is powerful, and true. Or you can select from various segments, or check out interesting related stories. And if you do nothing else, at the very least PLEASE go to the No Phone Zone to take the pledge.

But I know you’re busy, so in case you don’t have time to head over to Oprah’s place and watch a video, why don’t I just recap mother’s complete series of posts on the topic. The graphics and real life examples are vastly superior on Oprah, but you can find the basic message here…

Have I issued a commandment lately?
Why you should NEVER text while driving
Good news!
Texting is not the only thing teens should NOT do while driving
And driving is not the only thing we should NOT do while texting


Oprah and I are not kidding. This is every bit as dangerous as driving drunk. It is life and death. So just don’t do it, OK? OK! Enough said.

Well, except that mother is SO proud of all of you who are already doing the right thing. Thank you, darlings. Over and out.

Why you should NEVER text while driving

I know I’m repeating myself, but when the commandment is this important, that’s what Mother needs to do, over and over again, until everyone gets it. And that goes double when she has amazingly disturbing video backup from a British public service spot. So here it is, with thanks to Mr. Hughes for creating it and to her friends Laura and Kim for finding and passing it on:

Sure it’s staged, but if you are tempted to blow it off on that account, here’s why you absolutely should not, in the words of its creator, Peter Hughes:

“Yes it is violent, but the reality of a fatal road accident is much more gruesome, is much more violent and my position on this is that if you are old enough to drive, if you are old enough to want to drive, you are old enough to be aware of the real and serious risks one places yourself in every time you get behind the wheel.”

And one more caution from Mother R: As a guy, Mr. Hughes may not be aware of this, but as the daughter, wife and mother of guys, I am, so let me be clear. You guys who are saying to yourselves that this doesn’t apply to you because they were girls and that would NEVER happen to you (you know who you are) are wrong, so you can just get over that little delusion right now. And you can stop protesting, because you know I’m right.

In short, just don’t do it! Period. And frankly, I’d lay off the cell phone chatting too. Enough said. I’m off to teach my driver safety class now and trusting you all to have a nice safe day, on and off the road.

Have I issued a commandment lately?

I haven’t, have I? Well, it’s about time I did! Here you go…

DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE

And don’t do it while riding your bicycle either. In fact, I’m going to include you pedestrians, too, as well as the rollerbladers and the skateboarders. Did I miss anybody?

First, I have to admit this wasn’t my idea. To be honest, I’m so lame it would never have crossed my mind to worry about this problem. But thanks to The Week, NPR, the American College of Emergency Physicians and my friend Marcia, I am on it! Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • A recent survey found that 18% of cell phone users type text messages while driving
  • There is mounting evidence that this behavior leads to accidents and fatalities
  • The ER doc who was interviewed on NPR treated a woman who stumbled over the curb into the path of an oncoming car, and the driver who hit a light pole trying to avoid her as he chatted on his cell phone. And that’s not all. The text injured keep on coming at the rate of about one per week.
  • The American College of Emergency Physicians has issued an alert because they are seeing an alarming increase in text related injuries, every day in big cities like Chicago.
  • Injuries to the nose, mouth, chin and eyes seem to be the most common, because texters tend to fall flat on their faces. Many are fairly minor, but some are more serious, even fatal. For example, there is an email making the rounds called Don’t Text and Drive, that includes hideously graphic photographs of what happened to a Brazilian driver who was allegedly texting or chatting on his cell phone instead of watching out for that truck. Who knows if that was really the cause or not, but who cares? It could have been! The photos are much too gruesome for a cheery blog like this, but if you’re one of those visual learners who can handle the blood and guts, or just plain curious, you can find them on Snopes.
  • So if you must text and you must also drive or walk or whatever, what can you do? You can stop. Then send your text or have your chat. Then you can go. Simple, eh?

Even thinking about that email is too creepy for this normally cheery website so let’s agree that we will NOT text and drive, because I do NOT want to see any more photos like that EVER. And neither do you. Or your family. Trust me. OK?

OK! Thank you very much.