Learn from Alex: texting and Driving

Posted Thursday, August 22nd, 2013. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

Last weekend I was watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with Ty and the gang… I love that show. They chose a family that lost a daughter to texting and driving. They have another daughter 5 or 6 years younger and this family took on the mission of spreading the word to other teens about the dangers of texting and driving. This family were travelling a lot and were unable to take care of their home == they became one of the chosen families to have their home redone.

Every time I watch this show I cry. I cry because I am so taken aback by the generosity of people coming together to help people they do not know who are in need and often giving back to their community in some way.

In the first scene you learn the name of the girl who passed away — Alex. She was truly beautiful inside and out. She left one morning for school in her truck, did not buckle her seat belt and was texting and driving. She was not paying attention and lost control and her truck flipped over many times and she was thrown from the car. The school called to say the daughter never arrived. The mother having this terrible feeling set out to track the steps her daughter takes to school. On one highway she found the truck all smashed up and a few feet away her daughter lying there. She was still alive and the mother was able to call for help. Alex was airlifted to the hospital. She did not make it.

The parents and younger sister were devastated by this loss. They decided that something good must come of this. In the show the father shares that his daughter always wanted to make a difference in the world. The irony is that we never know how we will do this. Alex is doing so in her death. So the parents and younger sister and Alex’s best friend drive around from school to school dragging this beaten up car to talk about the dangers of texting and driving.

If Alex was wearing her seat belt there was a better chance of her surviving. If she stopped texting and focused on the drive she surely would be alive today.

It was a senseless death.

I have to admit that I have texted at stop lights. I have looked at my phone at inopportune times. After that show I made a pledge to myself that I love myself too much to put myself in a position that I cannot only hurt myself, but my family and friends and potentially someone else.

I will also admit that I do still get the urge however I quickly put my phone down and say — later, this can wait. My phone is hooked up to my car so I can receive calls. If someone needs to get in touch with me they can. Nothing is that important.

I know that many of you out there are likely as guilty as me. I ask that you also take this pledge to stop texting and driving. It causes accidents which really can be avoided and potentially cause pain for the families of victims involved.

I know I have too much work to do in this world. I too want to change the world. I believe that being alive and speaking up and challenging systems is where my niche is.

Take this or leave it… its up to you. Just keep in mind it is a choice.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend. I am soooo excited as I am heading out east to see a friend of mine that I haven’t seen in a couple of years.

Drive safe and arrive safe.

All my love,

Sandra

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