Though texting and driving is illegal in several parts of the country, it’s not uncommon to see people using their phones with one hand on the wheel. However, writer Susan Shain knows firsthand how dangerous this can be.
In a New Year’s Eve Facebook post that has garnered over 80,000 likes and 100,000 shares as of Jan. 8, she shared her heartbreak over losing her boyfriend, Bob Armlin, in a car wreck possibly caused by texting and driving.
Bob was 29 years old -- and so full of life and laughter that it is nearly impossible to imagine him dead. Though we'll never know exactly what happened that day, it might've had something to do with his cell phone.
Whatever the cause, the point remains the same: it could've been -- it could be -- any of us. We've all been guilty of using our phone when we shouldn’t.
So if you need a New Year's resolution, please consider this one: stop using your phone while driving.
That means no texting (not even voice-to-text) no snapping (even if you are really good at singing to the radio), no fiddling with the music (set it and forget it), and no looking up directions (if you need GPS, use a dash mount and enter your destination while parked).
Why? Because it's not worth it. It wasn't worth the love of my life -- it's not worth any lives.
If you agree, please share this post; I'd love for this message to reach as many people as possible. Here's to a safer and happier 2016.
Shain told FOX 13 that the two had dated in college after meeting in high school and, after a short break, got back together. Shain called Armlin the love of her life.
"I think everybody thinks they are invincible," she added. "That they think it won't happen to them. That it is just a split second, but in reality that split second can change your entire life. It can change the lives of people around you.
"Nothing is going to make it better and nothing is going to bring him back but if in his memory less lives, fewer lives can be lost then it was worth posting it.”