When Will The Avoidable Tragedies End?

Emily Stein’s father was struck and killed two years ago by a young distracted driver. Since then, she has dedicated herself to raising awareness about distracted driving and the disastrous results it can have. Text Kills admires her for her dedication in making a positive difference in spite of the terrible tragedy she has experienced. Watch the video below for more information about her mission to raise awareness.

And remember that distracted driving simply isn’t worth it!

Victims Launch “End Distracted Driving” Campaign

 

The Vicious Cycle Of Bullying

A recent incident occurred in which a Los Angeles Postal Service employee choked an eleven-year- old girl who laughed at him for accidentally entering a women’s restroom. This serves as a reminder that bullying comes in all shapes and sizes. Despite the fact that the Postal worker, Daniel Villasenor, is fifty-five and should have known better, he engaged in bullying taken to its physical extreme. But reports state that the girl and one other taunted Villasenor before he reacted physically. One of the most common manifestations of bullying behavior is taunting, which was present in this instance. While it would be unfairly blaming the victim to state that she was categorically responsible for the way the man reacted, the incident does illustrate the fact that bullying is a cycle that harms everybody involved. And far too often, the bullied in turn becomes the bully.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Last year, cellphone video footage of four middle school students verbally abusing a bus monitor in Greece, New York went viral, resulting in a widespread community outcry. The students taunted Karen Klein, 68, and showered her with insults and profanity, while one student jabbed her arm with a book and made jokes about her weight. Although the worst thing the students did was tell her that she didn’t have any family because they all killed themselves to get away from her; Klein’s son committed suicide ten years ago. Sadly, kids aren’t just bullying other kids, but adults as well.

Unlike Villasenor though, Klein did not react by bullying, and the video footage was used as the basis for suspending the students for one year in addition to community service. Clearly, bringing bullying behavior to the attention of proper authorities instead of reacting negatively oneself can help put a stop to the cycle, and technology is a great tool for accomplishing this. While in this case it was video footage catching real life bullying, cell phone applications can be used to catch text-bullying in much the same way. For example, Word Bully™ by Iconosys, Inc. allows parents to keep track of bullying messages sent to their children so they can report such behavior and put a stop to it.

It is clear from recent events that bullying must be discouraged amongst all age groups. No matter how old you are, you can still get caught up in the destructive cycle of bullying– with disastrous results. Villasenor is facing up to a year in jail, and the little girl he choked is likely traumatized, if not physically than certainly emotionally. Indeed, bullying hurts more people than just the bullied, which is why it is more important than ever to work towards eliminating this terrible practice.

For more information on WordBully, visit the website at www.wordbully.net.

The KJAM Teen Safety Benefit Concert and Fundraiser Picks Up Steam!

Text Kills® cannot possibly convey how emphatically excited we are to be producing and promoting the KJAM Wild Hearts Concert, as part of the main KJAM Concert Series. Although this is only the second show under the KJAM branding, there are already plans for a 3rd and 4th show this year, as well as murmurings of a KJAM “Battle of the Bands” in a large, outdoor event. Needless to say, the KJAM Concert Series is picking up steam within the surrounding communities, but we are also making headlines across the nation as well. A New Jersey media outlet, The Paramus Post, has picked up the story in an effort to spread the distracted driving awareness our country surely needs.

To date, one of the largest accomplishments of the KJAM Concert is the amount of support our movement and concert has received over the past two weeks. We knew this concert would be a massive, group effort and we were right. But the shear response and dedication of our entire community makes the long hours and the good fight well worth it in the end. We know how important our work is and others are starting catch on as well. We have received support from OC Weekly, Guitar Center, Kaleidoscope Center, the California Highway Patrol, Impact Teen Drivers, Monster Offers, 93.5FM Laguna, Indie Rock 104FM Los Angeles, The MasterDrive Experience, Iconosys, Inc., BullyBuster USA, California Krav Maga, Fan Apps, Pete’s Music, Case Sandberg Photography, Travel Orange County Visitor Guide… and the list continues to grow!

We cannot thank our supporters enough! Even though we knew this thing would take off, we cannot believe the overwhelming feedback and response we have received, almost immediately, for the show! We know all of the band members of Crown Valley Parkway, Ugly Paint, Juicebox Bandits, False Puppet, and Later Days appreciate the support, as they are also working very hard to make this show incredible!

For more information on the concert, please check out our Facebook page!

For event tickets, please visit our Event Brite page! 

 

This Text Message Killed

 

“LOL”

The Text Message Patrick Sims Sent Before Causing the Accident that Killed Biker Jim Price

Distracted Driving: How Technology Has Made Young Drivers More Dangerous

Even though they greatly factor into our daily lives, cell phone technology and usage, as well as their subsequent impact on society, are still new to us. As demonstrated by our general inability to control our actions with our cell phones, we do not yet fully understand the destruction they can cause on the road.

Drivers who text message when they should be focused on driving have become one of the main causes of car crashes today. But did you know that those who are the most affected by cell phone caused accidents are young adults? What is the message that worldwide telecommunication companies want to transmit to their technology users: TEXTING CAN WAIT.

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Text Kills® and Drive Reply® Invited by FCC to Distracted Driving Technology Showcase in Washington D.C.

Since its inception in 2010, the Text Kills team has earned more than 70,000 pledges from citizens all over the nation who agree that distracted driving is a bad practice, committing themselves to not engaging in it. Text Kills has been recognized by the US Department of Transportation, The Automobile Club of Southern California, The California Highway Patrol, and The National Organization for Youth Safety to name a few. Now, we can add the Federal Communication Commission to our prestigious list of groups interested and appreciative of our national cause.

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Text Kills® to Partner with 93.5 Laguna Beach to Broadcast LIVE at Laguna Beach High School!

It is time to promote the KICKIN’ KJAM Wild Hearts Concert that takes place on February 23rd, 2013 at Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo, California. Friday will be an exciting day for the Text Kills® team, as we will be joining up with the AWESOME crew at 93.5FM, Laguna Beach as they broadcast LIVE from Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, California. Although the bus will not be at the event, the Text Kills® crew will be there to make an impact on the local high schoolers and educators. Giving out free tickets to the KJAM Wild Hearts Concert, as well as spreading the needed information about distracted driving, the Text Kills® will be connecting to the local youth to ensure they understand the reason behind this memorable event.

Text Kills will be on campus during the student lunch hour at 11:35am on Friday, February 8th, 2013.

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Text Kills® Showcased at Annual SDG&E / Sempra Health, Wellness, and Safety Fair

The Text Kills Crew rolls on down to San Diego to partner up again with SDG&E and Sempra Energy for their employee safety fair. Hundreds of local San Diegans will be on hand to try one of the informative and interactive simulators that educate about distracted driving, distracted walking, and drunk driving.

“You guys are the ones here that are the most fun. I used to text and drive, but not anymore.” – Joseph with SDG&E.

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Connecting People vs. Gun Control – Where Do You Stand?

With the recent Sandy Hook tragedy, the public discourse has shifted to what factors contribute to such catastrophes—and rightfully so. It is a complicated issue, to be sure, with clear divides in where people stand on placing the blame and what the solutions are. The issue of gun control has once again been thrust into the public spotlight, as has mental illness and the shortcomings of mental health treatment. Many people seem to be asking the question of “What came first: the gun or the mental illness?” in order to determine what we, as a nation, should do to prevent such tragedies in the future. But regardless of what our individual beliefs may be, there is one thing that everybody seems to agree on: We all need to do our part in preventing more Sandy Hook Massacres.

Tragedies like these tend to leave everybody, especially those thrust into the chaos of the initial incident, reeling from shock and surprise, wondering if there was something they could have done, some way they could have known, that this person was going to snap. While nobody is specifically to blame in incidences like these (except perhaps the perpetrator), there are things we can all do to try and make a positive difference.

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This Text Killed

“Where R”

Source: 2010 AT&T Distracted Driving Commercial

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