Adults are more likely than teens to admit to texting while driving, according to a recent AT&T survey. Yahoo News asked adult drivers: Have you texted while driving? Here's one anecdote and perspective.
COMMENTARY | I cannot believe I am admitting this: Yes, I am guilty of texting while driving. What makes it even worse is that it was raining (so, of course, the roads were slick) when I did it and at night. It was a couple of weeks ago. No one was behind me or on the side of me (in the opposite direction of traffic) on the two-lane road, which I am thankful for.
Even though it has been proven that a human being cannot multi-task safely enough, I still did text. The text was not that important. I don't even remember whom I texted or what I said. For some reason, I had this urge to raise my head up and look at the road. I was literally within inches of obliterating someone's mailbox. I immediately put the phone down and burst into tears, which is no better when it comes to driving.
All that came to mind was my small child and all I could think wasthis: What if it were a person? I would have taken the person's life or dramatically changed it. Needless to say, I haven't even picked up the phone while driving since. I believe texting and driving is a major distraction and definitely will make the effort not to do it. I am not the type to do it very often anyway, but I am glad that I was able to have the fear instilled in me at the risk of only my car and not someone's life. I can repair my car and have my insurance increased, but I cannot repair the damage I could've possibly done to someone or their family. On top of that, I live in Georgia where it is outlawed.