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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

“Guilty As Charged”

December 1, 2009 by  

Guilty, Guilty, and Guilty

Invincible: What I now admit to thinking when I was as a teenager.

Invincible: What I admit to still be thinking (?) as an adult.

I mean, what ELSE can logically explain how — for some reason — I conceive that there will be no repercussions, each time I text a ‘quick’ response on my iPhone while traveling 75 miles an hour on the beltway?

Don’t you hear the same echo that I do in my head: “C’mon… I just need to look down for one second… one second“?! It’s tempting, isn’t it?

Okay, so maybe you’re not the daredevil (or New York driver) I am, and choose to only play Russian Roulette when you’re coasting at 30-35 miles per hour. Yah know, you simply can’t ignore those ‘important’ texts that ABSOLUTELY can not wait til the next traffic light?

Can you relate to the pins-and-needles-HOLY-SCHNIKIES feeling? The blood rushes just before it’s (almost) too late; when you realize the car in front of you is at a dead stop.

You SLAM on the brakes.

You look in the back seat… make sure all the kids, or your dog, or your computer, is/are in one piece… do a quick Hail Mary… and think, “Man, I’ll NEVER do that again”. Until…

You can finish this story. Until your phone goes ‘ding ding’, alerting you of another text that came in.

When the heck will I (we) learn??

For handfuls of my North Carolina peeps, you’d better leave at least $100 in your checking account after you’ve purchased all of your Holiday presents this month. Why? Because — like me — I have a funny feeling that you (deny if you want) text while driving. And, starting today (Dec. 1st)… you’ll get slapped with a $100 fine for doing so. Check to see if your state has a law against it by clicking here.

Actually, I think the fine should be higher.

Why? Because — in all honesty — I fear that the urge to send a quick one-liner, coupled with my egotistical feeling of being invincible (I’m TRYING to shake it, I PROMISE!!), is more overbearing than explaining why I have to be at a court appearance for my ticket.  Insert tail between legs

About 99% of me is selfishly writing this to hold myself accountable to stop the madness. The other 1% of me is so curious to see who is going to be candid and admit their own faults/inhibitions regarding this topic.

If this particular post has left you bored and annoyed, I challenge you to be yawn at the irony of the poll results, below.

They’re anonymous… C’mon, tell us!

** PS – No, that’s not me in the above pic. I’m not that much of an idiot (plus, my fingers are much more feminine, thank you very much)

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3 Responses to ““Guilty As Charged””
  1. Lydia B says:

    No one in PA wants me texting and driving. No one wants me on the road at all. So thanks for making me pull over at Target to check who just sent me a text. Damn this phone. (sorry phone, mommy wasn’t talking about you)


  2. Lisa says:

    I agree with the law… texting is so dangerous and we’ve all heard tragic stories !!! But what exactly is the law? Is it no texting while in motion? Can send a quickie at a stoplight?!?! As I drove today, I reminded myself of the new law. I thought, “Geez, its only been 2 days, BE RESPONSIBLE!”. So what did I do? I searched my contacts, looked up phone numbers, hit enter, left voicemails, checked my missed calls & emails, and went on about my commute. I guess technically- the law should be no cell phone?!? At least texting is more efficient? Right?


  3. Did you see the video recently of the bus driver who was texting and slammed into the back of a car, an Explorer I think, at a stop light? No serious injuries, but what if that had been somebody’s teenager driving a tiny car? I can’t imagine “no serious injuries” from that. This was a professional driver who lost his concentration on his job because of texting. Horrifying.


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