Thursday, September 30, 2010
Heed my own advice
I guess you can say I’ve become somewhat addicted to my cell phone.
I’m not on it around the clock – like some I know – either talking or texting or e-mailing or whatever else the ever-changing technology provides.
I do find that more and more are even conducting business via cell phones. Some advertisers have told me – “Just send me a text.”
And I gladly oblige.
The Burlesons did eliminate our home phone – no use when we were not getting any calls on it anyway. Everyone calls us on our cell phones.
We had to break down and even get our 8-year-old a cell phone. She had to be able to talk to family members from Alabama and Tennessee and, of course, that has branched out to spending time on the phone with her friends.
I suppose practically every child in our schools these days have cell phones. Different schools handle that in different ways, but I know it has to be a great challenge for administrators and teachers.
Someone asked me just last week – “What did we do before cell phones?”
We probably had more peace and quiet.
The scariest thing for me is the number of people talking on cell phones while driving their cars or even more so, texting and driving.
I will admit. I’ve been guilty of it, but I’m trying to stop. I’ve been in Memphis a couple of times recently and even seen it on the busy interstate.
All weekend I heard or read lessons on the dangers of cell phones and driving.
My son Andy went to the Ole Miss-Fresno State game Saturday night.
He came home talking about seeing Dexter McCluster’s public service announcement, which we had seen on TV, on the big screen in the stadium.
He is the former super football player for the Rebels who is now shining as a rookie on the football field for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are 3-0.
Hopefully, you’ve seen McCluster’s message to teens, too. His message, through rapping, is stay alive; don’t text and drive.
And hopefully, the star football player’s message will hit home with not just our youth but adults as well.
As a parent of a 16-year-old who drove in game-day traffic for the first time Saturday in Oxford, I can say I want him totally focused on the road and the other drivers, not the cell phone. And I need to heed my own advice.
And back to schools, I saw an interesting headline in my hometown newspaper - The Journal-Record in Hamilton, Ala. It read “Council restricts cell phone use around schools – phoning, texting banned around K-12 schools at pickup, dropoff times.”
The new ordinance prevents “the use of wireless hand-sets while operating a motor vehicle in prescribed school zones during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during school hours.”
Rector Johnson, interim police chief in Hamilton, suggested the ordinance after he personally assisted with school crossings and saw instances where the ordinance would have helped.
“We have a lot of parents talking on the cell phone when they should be paying attention to driving,” Hamilton Mayor Bobby Holliday said. “When they come to school, they need to have their attention focused on driving.”
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