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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Texting While Driving....Equals


It's Wednesday, but I can't be wordless today!  My bloggy friend Ginger, from Savannah Granny, has a warning for us all.  I feel compelled to repost her post here to help spread this important topic to all of you.  And, to ask you to keep her family in your thoughts and prayers after what they have been through!  This story will touch your hearts and I hope will encourage us to do whatever we can to stop this dangerous practice that is robbing us of our friends and loved ones!

Thank you, Ginger, for sharing your pain with us in order to give the blog world a wake up call and a call to action!

Here is Ginger's post:
TO TEXT AND DRIVE OR NOT!
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?




2009 Volkswagen Jetta before texting





2009 Volkswagen Jetta after texting
November 16, 2009

If you text or read texts while driving 
PLEASE STOP!!
The photo above is my daughter's auto after being
being hit from behind, while she was sitting still, by a driver texting. 
 The driver never attempted to stop before impact. 
He was busy texting!

2011 Ford Focus before texting
2011 Ford Focus after texting
February 2, 2012


The three photos above are of the auto my son was driving last Thursday night. He was hit by a driver texting. The driver never attempted 
to stop before impact. 
She was busy texting!

Our Family Is Blessed!
While my daughter is alive and reasonably well she still suffers from excruciating
headaches and has developed 
a type of Neuropathy in her neck 
and the back of her head. 
My son is bruised, battered and is having vision problems in one eye. He had to be cut from the vehicle as the car bowed/bent and all doors were jammed. An EMT on her way to work was first upon the scene, summoned help and stayed by his side until he got to the hospital.
Yes, I believe in Angels!
He has been with us this weekend and will continue undergoing evaluation in the days and weeks ahead.

We were the lucky ones. Many accidents caused by texting drivers end
in tragic deaths.

"Texting while driving likely caused more than 16,000 road fatalities between 2002 and 2007, a new study finds."
The study, which public safety officials say is yet yet another wake-up call about the dangers of cellphone use in automobiles, was released Thursday by the American Journal of Public Health. It comes on the heels of the US Department of Transportation’s second annual Distracted Driving Summit, during which Secretary Ray LaHood called for even more action to combat what he called a “unsafe, irresponsible, [and] devastating” behavior.
Distracted driving, Mr. LaHood said at this week’s conference, “is an epidemic. It’s an epidemic because everyone has a cellphone – and everyone thinks they can use it while driving. They can’t.”http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0923/Texting-caused-total-distracted-driving-deaths-to-rise-study-finds

Please share this post with everyone 
in your household who drives.
Ask them to take a 
"Family Pledge"
that they will
 NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING!

NEXT TIME IT COULD BE
YOUR LOVED ONE!
Please remember my son Robby in your prayers.

Pat,  You are a special lady and I value your friendship.
Thank you so much for allowing me to repost this on your blog.

And, thank you again, Ginger for sharing with us.  I know you are dealing with a lot right now and we appreciate your taking time to remind us of the dangers of texting while driving!

Drive safely my bloggy friends...
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8 comments:

  1. Oh My! I am soooo sorry this happened to your daughter & son!!! I am 1000000+ in agreement with you about testing while driving!!! I, among everyone else, will pray for a speedy recovery for your children. Yes, I too believe in GODs angles & am thankful they were with your family on that horrible day.
    Lots of hugs.
    Marje

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    1. Marje - Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I know Ginger will be comforted knowing your prayers are going up for her family.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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    2. Marje, Thank you so your prayers. Robby went back to work but was hurting so he is taking off tomorrow to have additional tests. The angels have been busy with my family lately. I am glad God had one assigned to each of us. LOL!
      God Bless, Ginger

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  2. Thanks, Pat for reposting this important message, yet tragic episode. Talking and texting while driving leaves people shattered. I'll keep Ginger's family in my prayers.

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    1. Shattered is certainly the right word here! Thanks for your prayers. I am sure Ginger appreciates them so much!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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    2. Thank you so much for the prayers for my family. Maybe at least one person will get the message here and will change their habits. None of us are so important that we can't wait until we get where we are going to answer our phones. God Bless, Ginger

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  3. I'm so sorry for their suffering and so glad they are turning it into a positive by sending a message that will save lives. It will take constant reminder campaigns to eradicate this practice! ~ Maureen

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  4. Maureen, You are so right. Hopefully we can get at least one person to change their habits. Blessings, Ginger

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