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    Texting, driving, and the GRAND Social

    Now it's personal...

    During the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities I recently attended, there were several sessions on distracted driving, with heavy focus on texting while driving — not only by teens but by adults, too. While I've shared stats and such since the conference, it has now become personal.

    On Saturday, my stepmother was rear-ended by a gal who was texting while driving and because she was distracted, failed to slow down at a traffic light. She slammed into my stopped (as she should be) stepmom so hard it pushed the vehicle into the intersection. Fortunately, my stepmom was not hit by other vehicles in the intersection, but she sustained whiplash, a concussion, and closed-head injuries from which she may never fully recover.

    As I mentioned before, there's a 23 times greater crash risk when texting while driving, yet 49 percent of adults text while driving. Even when we know it's wrong and dangerous. Many of us claim, "Oh, I'm a good driver and an excellent multitasker, so it's okay." It's not okay, no matter what, no matter how careful.

    If you or someone you love texts while driving — and I admit, I used to at stoplights — please take the following videos to heart, please share them with friends and family.

    And another, geared toward teens:

    I appreciate you reading my justified rant.

    Now for something a little less heavy: the GRAND Social. Thank you for joining me!

    link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog specifically about grandparenting, but you must be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue "Click here to enter" text below and follow the directions to add your post and graphic to the list.
    • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, please, and none you have promoted on a previous GRAND Social linky. And no contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites, please.
    • Adding a mention at the bottom of your linked posts, such as This post has been linked to the GRAND Social linky, is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:


    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src=" " alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>


    • The GRAND Social linky is open for new posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Bloggers who link up would be honored to have one and all — bloggers and readers — visit, read and, if so moved, comment, even if just a "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social."

    Thank you for participating in the GRAND Social!

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    Reader Comments (14)

    I have NEVER been able to understand why people think it's okay to text while driving. I wish every state would ban it. And please spare me the "yet another intrusion into our daily lives" arguement!

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    I have not gotten into texting, but this is a good reminder to be alert when driving. Having my grand children in the car can both distract me or make me more vigilant. It is a choice we have to keep making--to stay focused on driving when behind the wheel.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    Yes, this is getting to be a big problem on our roads. I would say, it won't be long before texting etc will be banned in all 52 states...hopefully. Thanks for the party my friend.

    Sure hope your stepmother recovers - how frightening. Keeping good thoughts.

    Thanks for hosting us today. Glad you made it home safe and sound.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I am equally outraged at texting while driving. I may do a post on this too....Grannies for the safety win!

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker (Patti)

    Very, very sorry to hear about your stepmom. Hope she is fit as a fiddle soon.

    Ditto on the texting while driving. No way. No how. No where.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I'm so sorry to hear about your stepmom's accident. I hope she recovers quickly.

    I'm always amazed at how many people on the road are talking on cell phones and/or texting--even in a state where both are banned.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

    I'm so sorry about your stepmom. I hope she's able to recover quickly and completely.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    This brought tears to my eyes. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending prayers and get well wishes for a successful recovery for your step mother.
    These videos sure grab you. I know I'm guilty of texting at stoplights at times....we have a law here that bans even that now, so I'm going to STOP!
    My 15 yo granddaughter walks 2 miles home from school each day and is NOT allowed to text or listen to music while she walks. She crosses two big intersections and a, yeah....this scares me big time.
    Thanks, Lisa.....going to dry my tears and head back up to the Grand Social!

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    I've never learned to text, some things are better to have never started. All the scarey things you've learned at your Safety Conference are scaring me half to death.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I see so many young mothers talking on the phone or texting while driving. I fear for their safety (and those on the road with them) and I hate that they are setting that example for their kids.
    I wish a quick and full recovery to your stepmom.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    Thank you Lisa, I am going to make the brand new driver in my house watch this. Sixteen year olds need to hear this over and over. I am so sorry to hear about your step mother, wishing her a speedy recovery.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Lisa, Your grandsons have really grown but it's been about 2 years since I've been on your site so that makes sense.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergrandmalizzie

    for the life of me I can't understand what could be so important that it can't wait???!! It's a killer and we all need to rant more often. Thank you for the reminder. I'm enjoying some of the links today too.

    April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
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