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 | How many of us are adult enough to admit it? According to this survey, nearly half the adults admitted to doing so while almost all of the adults who took the survey know that it's wrong. I have to admit I'm guilty, even after complaining about people that do so. Obviously, I know that it's wrong, and my shame in doing so makes me want to explain my actions.
You see, it was just this one time (I swear!) and despite the wintry road conditions commonly found in Michigan in the middle of January, I responded to the musical ping of a received text. And I didn't just read it, which is illegal to do while driving in Michigan. I responded! Even at the time I knew it was wrong, so how did I rationalize this act? "Just this one time, I'll text quickly and besides there aren't many cars around."
I felt safe. It's part of that whole, "It'll never happen to me" mentality. Even though I did only do it this one time, there are many people who habitually text while driving. We grow accustomed to the security, the lack of consequences. I think the biggest reason I avoid doing it so much is my 13-year-old step-son who is often with me, and I want to set a good example because soon enough it will be him behind the wheel. Even with the new Michigan law passed directly for teens, I don't feel assured that he won't multi-task while driving because even getting caught fits this mindset. We have to keep reminding ourselves and our children that it only takes an instance to change your life or someone else's so just enjoy the moment you are in, cell-free.