Sara Lepp and I were on a road trip yesterday to Bismarck to do a presentation and we saw a couple of billboards that said “DNT TXT & DRV.”

This is a powerful message these days that more folks seem to be paying attention to – thank goodness.  As for Sara, well she took a photo of the billboard with her phone while she was driving…not so sure she really took away enough from the message.  Of course being the nagging mother type I am I harangued her the entire drive to not look at or use her phone while driving…I am thinking I will not be invited to road trip again.   

The good news is, we did not have a close encounter with a tree or any other unintended obstacles.   The bad news is, there are lots of folks still out there texting and looking at emails while driving.  I used to believe that talking on the phone while driving was okay, but more and more I realize that even that is dangerous.  I think hands-free conversations are better than actually holding the phone, but I think even those decrease the driver’s attention to the road.

I cannot say I am an angel.  Sometimes I still talk on the phone while driving, but more and more it bothers me to do it.  I don’t text – that takes all of my attention on a good day – and I only dial at stop lights, but still I know that my concentration is not at 100% on either the road or the conversation.  I really want to give up the practice of using the phone while driving entirely. I am not sure when my time became so valuable that every minute had to be used –  to include those handful I spend in the car every day.

I am going to strive to make my car (at least while it is not parked) a no text, no talk telephone zone.  Also, I won’t be taking any photos while driving – posing for them maybe, but certainly not taking them. 

I think it is time to fully appreciate the riskiness in this behavior…plus, I never want to have to live with causing someone else harm because I wasn’t paying full attention while driving.  It will take some behavior modification on my part, but I think I can do it.  I challenge you all to try it with me. 

Day two hundred and sixty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da 


About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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