I was thinking I’d head up to the bar this afternoon for a couple of hours before school gets out and throw back a couple of long island iced teas and then pick up my kids from school and head to the beach. Doesn’t that sound awesome?! I’ve got a six pack of Pabst blue ribbon in the trunk for myself on ice for the beach and some juice for the kids. It’s summer baby!!!! And I can’t wait.
What? Is there a problem?
I wasn’t being serious. I would never drive drunk… especially not with my kids in the car. If I got caught, I’d go to jail and the children would be taken away from me if I didn’t accidentally kill them first in an accident.
To those of us who have put our babies first since we saw that double line (and even before for many of us) hearing about people drunk driving with their children is a hard pill to swallow right? We went through our pregnancies without a drop of alcohol (unless the doctor told us to have a half of a glass of red wine to help stop preterm labor, of course.) We didn’t touch a cigarette. Some of us skipped amnios and ultrasounds because we didn’t want to put our babies at risk. In labor, many of us passed on narcotics and pain medicines, all in the name of keeping our babies as safe as they can be.
How could anyone drink and drive with their children in the car?!
Oh hey… Did you know that:
Texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.
That’s not a myth. It’s not something they say to scare people into submission. It’s now scientific fact. I guess I thought with all of the new laws coming into effect about texting while driving that everyone knew that.
Yet, just yesterday, in the school parking lot, I saw no less than a dozen women (with their children in the car and with other people’s children all heading to their own cars) texting while driving.
What gives ladies?
We’re grown women. We have our own kids in the car. And even if they weren’t in the car… other people’s kids are on the road.
I know for a fact that driving with children in the car already makes it harder to concentrate. Sometimes the kids fight. Sometimes the baby coughs and we worry about choking. I’ve even had a toddler throw a sippy cup at my head. It’s hard enough to drive safely with children distracting you.
Yet hundreds of thousands of women choose to text while driving anyway.
The studies were in controlled environments on straightaways with no other vehicles on the road and the only distraction was either being drunk or texting. The studies showed texting while driving to be significantly more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Can you imagine how much worse the results would have been if you added to the variables: other vehicles (with 20% of those drivers texting,) curved roads, children in the car and a radio?
Seriously ladies. Stop for a minute and think. Choose in this moment (if you haven’t yet) to vow to never text while driving. Nothing is so important it can’t wait until you pull over to the side of the road for you to read or send a text. NOTHING.
Say it after me ladies:
I swear to never text while driving.
I’m not kidding.
If you’ve made it this far into the blog and still haven’t chosen to swear never to text while driving, watch this: