Cell Phone Fanatic
January 13, 2009 by The Constant Complainer
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You know – I never thought this day would come – The Constant Complainer complaining about himself. Yes, that’s right. I’m not immune from screwing up. So here we go…
Have you ever done something and not realized the implications until much later? Or have you ever done several things over time and later realized how stupid your actions really were? Well, the latter is what I’m talking about today.
For years I was notorious for using my cell phone (i.e. calling, texting and e-mailing) while driving my car. Frankly, I never thought about it. If I needed to make a call, I would. If my e-mail alert went off, I would check it. And if I needed to send a text, I would. Of course I had a few close calls here and there – normally that would entail me almost rear-ending another vehicle, but I kept using the phone, thinking I would always be OK. Luckily, I was never hurt. But I don’t think I can say the same for everyone out there.
Admittedly, I became much more conscious of my actions when my daughter was born. Once you have a child that is totally dependent on you for everything, it makes you think twice about everything you do. And safety comes first. But I still was taking some risks here and there and using my cell phone more frequently than I should have been.
Now I’m not saying you can’t use an earpiece and make a phone call in your car. I’m more so referring to the texting and e-mail, because of the distraction it causes to drivers.
OK, now that we have that out in the open, it’s time for the hard part. Hi, my name is Craig and I am addicted to my blackberry. I send text messages and e-mails while I drive and I need to stop. Actually, I did stop two weeks ago. Let’s discuss why.
First, my life and my family’s life is important to me. After the last time – when I almost ran off the road trying to text my friend, I acknowledged that I had a problem. Second, my wife and I watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and there was an episode a few weeks ago where the storyline portrayed a young girl and her sister being seriously injured in a car accident as a result of texting while driving. One of the sisters died. Lastly, I won’t spoil the movie I’m referring to, since it is still out in theaters, but I became very emotional when watching a movie two Saturday’s ago, specifically during a scene where there is a horrendous accident caused by a guy taking his eyes off the road for one second to check his blackberry. It was right at that moment that I told myself that I’d stop. And I did.
My blackberry serves a purpose. It allows me to stay on top of my methods of communication. However, now, if I need to use it, I pull my car over to do so or I wait until I reach my destination. Maybe that’s being overly dramatic, but that’s the way it’s has to be. I just can’t believe how stupid and unsafe I had been over the years and how many close calls (almost-accidents) I had.
This has been on my mind all week. And I started thinking about it again tonight when I was driving home from a meeting. I saw a moron on the turnpike looking down at her phone, texting, driving and not even watching the road. I then realized that I used to be that moron…