Text Kills® was proud to be part of the 2013 SDG&E and Sempra Energy Employee Health and Safety Fair in San Diego. The event featured many booths that dealt with health, safety, and fitness. It really goes to show how SDG&E cares about their employees. Text Kills® was featured at the event, and helped spread awareness about the dangers of Texting While Driving, Texting While Walking, and Distracted Driving, which are all very important issues to be aware of at the work place. For more information on bringing the Text Kills® team to your corporate event, email us at email@example.com. A special thanks to Geneveve Bucsit and the events team for putting on such a great event!
Most states understand that texting while driving is a potentially deadly practice and have enacted laws making it illegal. However, it is still perfectly legal to text, talk on the phone, and surf the web while driving in eleven states, including Texas. While state legislators have been proposing bills to ban texting and driving for several years now, they have not been successful. In fact, state governor Rick Perry vetoed such a bill just a few weeks ago, even though it passed the senate. He criticized the bill because he believed it would “micromanage the behavior of adults.”
With all due respect, Governor Perry is incorrect in his reasoning. Laws are, by definition, mechanisms of altering individual behavior for the greater good of society. We have laws that prohibit drinking and driving because people who are drunk prove dangerous behind the wheel. Are such laws “micromanaging?” Of course they aren’t. Such laws exist as a means of trying to prevent destructive individual behaviors that can negatively affect others. And make no mistake about it, texting while driving can prove negative, even deadly, in its effects: In Texas alone, more than 400 people died as a result of distracted driving in 2011.
People like Rick Perry often oppose rational, realistic legal safeguards based on the principle of personal liberty. They claim that laws dictating what people can and can not do infringe upon personal liberties and, therefore, are unconstitutional. While this may seem sound in theory, in practice it couldn’t be further from the truth. These “personal liberties” aren’t so personal when you take into account all of the people harmed and killed by distracted drivers (3,311 fatalities in the US in 2011). This is an issue of public safety, not personal liberty, and should be treated as such, with laws being written accordingly.
Text Kills advocates the making of laws to ban texting and driving nationwide. We stand in solidarity with the many families of victims of texting and driving who gathered at Texas’ state capitol to convince lawmakers of the need to ban the practice by sharing their stories. We hope that politicians like Rick Perry will join us in the belief that texting while driving is bad practice and should be illegal—for everybody’s sake.
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!
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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.