This is one of those things that should go without saying, but unfortunately it doesn’t. Talking or texting on your cell phone while driving dramatically increases your chances of being in an accident. Not only are you putting your own life at risk, you are risking the lives of people in the cars around you and of pedestrians and bicyclists.
The mini-documentary below includes testimony from a young man who killed a bicyclist because he was paying more attention to his phone than the road. There is no way to atone for that. There’s no way to make it better for that bicyclist or his family.
As someone who has lost a loved one in a car accident, let me assure you: It’s just not worth it. Sending a one- or two-word text is not worth losing your life and putting your family through so much pain and heartache. So if you’re having trouble resisting, turn your phone off and put it out of reach while you’re in the car to remove temptation.