Imagine this. You’re sitting in your living room, in your favorite comfy chair, watching your favorite TV show, when all of a sudden, your phone starts to ring. The voice on the other line begins to tell you that a loved one is in the hospital and they’re drifting in and out of consciousness. Your knees buckle and your stomach starts to churn. A sense of panic sets over you. You stop everything you’re doing and hurry to find your car keys and race to the hospital. Once you arrive, you approach the front desk and ask for the room number of your loved one. Next thing you know, a doctor overhears you and comes up to you. He pulls you aside and begins to explain the seriousness of your loved one's condition. You feel a tear fall down your face as you think of losing your loved one. You beg the doctor to do everything he can to save your loved one's life. “We are doing as much as we can,” the doctor said. “but the odds however, are not in your favor.” After a few hours, you hear chaos and you see people running into a room. Panic sets in. You can’t stop thinking of the possibility of that room belonging to your loved one. You begin to feel sick again. A few moments later, the same doctor approaches you with a forlorn look on his face. “I’m so sorry,” he begins to say. “I’m afraid there’s nothing more that we can do. It’s probably best if you say your goodbyes.” You stand there, frozen. Unable to fully comprehend what you’ve just been told. “What happened?” You ask. “They were in a two car collision,” he explains. “The other driver had been texting and lost focus on the road.”
Your mind goes completely blank. You’re losing your loved one because someone couldn’t wait to send a text. “What was so important that they couldn’t wait?” you think to yourself.
No, this didn’t happen to you. But, it happened to someone else. Someone just lost their child, their mother, father, sister, brother and/or best friend. They lost their loved one, and you could too.
To prevent this from happening to you and others, take the pledge to refrain from texting and driving and urge your friends and family to do the same. When you pick up your phone while operating a vehicle you not only put yourself in danger by distracting yourself, but the others who are on the road around as well.
Please don’t text and drive.
Don’t be the reason someone else’s world comes to a stop.