Posted by: mobilitycloud | March 28, 2012

Texting and Drowning

Like a lot of us, I was quite amused when I saw the headline last week about the woman who walked off a pier into Lake Michigan while she was texting. Thankfully she was not harmed and the harrowing experience taught her that yes, texting while walking poses some inherent threats while in any kind of movement. I remember reading some time last year about someone who was involved in a fender bender with their car and they apologized to the police officer that they were updating their status on Facebook and only turned away for just a second from the road.

Taking this to a more serious tone, it’s really up to us mobile phone users to start policing ourselves so these ridiculous situations don’t put us and others in a very dangerous, if not fatal situation. From a corporate perspective, are the companies that we work with putting policies out there that require Bluetooth or Hands-Free accessories when we are in the car as well as no texting or typing while driving? Many of the newer smartphones have voice-activated dialing as well as speech to text capabilities that at a bare minimum, keep your eyes and attention on the road. Let’s also face it folks that this is an election year and some politician may just pick on this as a platform to run on simply because of a horrific accident due to someone not doing what they were supposed to, which is pay total attention while on the road. I’m attaching my post from late last year that talked about the recent NTSB recommendation of a nationwide ban on texting while driving as it costs us over 3,000 lives annually, which is 3,000 too many. Do your part and be smart. Let’s Go Mobile Safely!

Previous Post on Texting

https://mobilitycloud.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/ntsb-recommends-no-callingtexting-while-driving-what-took-so-long/

Inattentive Texter Takes a Dip in Lake Michigan

http://gizmodo.com/5895753/inattentive-texter-takes-a-dip-in-lake-michigan

Inattentive Texter Takes a Dip in Lake Michigan

Inattentive Texter Takes a Dip in Lake Michigan

And you thought walking into a mall fountain or falling flat on your face was bad. This lady took a long walk off a short pier on account of her need to text.

Bonnie Miller ran into some technical difficulties on Monday. While she was returning a text, the Benton Harbor resident accidentally plunged into Lake Michigan. She had reportedly been walking along the South Pier with her husband and 15-year-old son around 9:30 pm Monday when she became distracted with returning a text and walked clear off the end of the pier. “I had set an appointment for the wrong time and so I sent about three words,” Miller described. “Next thing you know it was the water.”

Both her husband and a bystander jumped into the water after her and quickly pushed the waterlogged typer onto a ladder hanging from the pier’s edge. The police and Coast Guard both responded to the situation and helped extract Miller’s two rescuers. “I couldn’t let pride stand in my way of warning other people to not drive and text or walk and text,” Miller explained. “I can’t believe how many people came, I’m really quite embarrassed. I’m just so grateful to be alive, I have a new lease on life.” Hopefully her new life will include occasional glances up from the screen.

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