A study from Virginia Tech University shows that you are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash if you text and drive at the same time. The University of Utah psychologists have published a study showing that “motorists who talk on handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers.” Yeah, but you know what’s even more of a distraction, a Utah driver who has more than one wife, all nagging at the same time! Now, that’s a train wreck waiting to happen.

I don’t have anything against technology. I think it’s great that we can have the world wide web in the palm of our hand. We can get turn by turn directions to the nearest Starbucks, whether you are in Tucson or Tallahassee. You can show someone what you are talking about through video stream across the world, but mix all this while you are driving, just doesn’t make sense! I mean really, you are driving a two ton vehicle all while trying to text your “sugar plum” or talk to your friend, whose relationship drama rivals any Jerry Springer show and make your way through traffic at the same time?! There is enough to contend with out there on the road without having to add to it.

OK, now I’m going to date myself here, I can remember when the phone didn’t follow you around. If you left your house and you got a phone call…THEN YOU MISSED THE PHONE CALL! And we got by just fine. When the phone rang, you didn’t who it was, that’s why when you answered it, you said “hello” with a question mark behind it! And we got by just fine. If somebody asked you what’s the capital of Colorado and your dumb ass didn’t know, you had to grab an encyclopedia Britannica and look it up! And we got by just fine. Technology is great, I’m glad we’ve come along way, baby!

How ‘bout this, just try to curb using cell phones in the car a little bit, over all it could make a difference. Join me again next week and keep sending me your comments. Until then…avoid texting and car crashes.

Take care and be safe-
Danny Keaton