No one in my family sends me text messages. Actually, my cell phone is out of batteries most of the time. As old-fashioned as we are, we still use regular telephones.
Last week I was traveling, and I noticed signs on the highway warning people not to text while they were driving. With the number of accidents on the roads these days, it blows my mind that people would still be taking such chances when they are driving.
Most of my friends keep insisting that young people should be warned about such practices. But I really don’t think young people are responsible for such behavior. Most are older adults who should know better.
I can’t believe people have so much to say that they must be talking to someone around the clock. Before mobile phones, when individuals had no way to get in touch with others, they waited until they were home or near a telephone to get in touch.
When you stop to realize, it wasn’t that long ago. Have we gained so much information in such a short period of time that we have to tell somebody something every minute of the day?
Almost every state has a law where it is illegal to text while driving. In 41 states and the District of Columbia, it applies to all drivers. In Missouri, it applies to drivers 21 and younger.
Personally, I don’t think anyone should be able to text while driving. Let’s face it, there are people who are not able to judge when it is safe to use a cellphone on the road.
It seems to me that there should also be times when both hands should be on the steering wheel. And certainly one should not need a policeman at one’s side to determine when those times are.
The more freedom we have in the United States, the less we seem to know how to use it. Do we need a lesson?
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