It Can Wait

Approximately 1 in 5 crashes in Texas involves distracted driving. Why so many? Texting and Driving. A state law banned texting and driving happened in 2017. Is it working? You decide.

TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “One life lost is one too many and distracted driving is completely preventable. Our message is no longer just a public safety – it is to remind drivers of the law that now forbids such activity.
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Texas texting while driving ban into law

Texas texting while driving ban into law

The Associated Press reports “Texting while driving will soon be illegal in Texas.”

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the ban into law to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road. Texas will join at least 47 other states that have similar laws when the ban takes effect Sept. 1.

The ban covers texting only, not other Internet use such as map applications. Texting would be punishable by a fine of up to $99 for first-time offenders and $200 for repeat offenses.

The ban comes after a March church bus crash killed 13 people. Federal investigators said, the driver of a pickup truck that hit the bus said, “he was checking for a text when the crash happened.”

You Never Know Who’s Hurting

imageTeacher Pens 130 Personalized Notes to Her Students Following Heartbreaking Incident.

In an age where high school students communicate primarily through texts and emoji, an English teacher at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, sent each of her 130 pupils off for the summer with a personalized, handwritten note.

The project began two months ago when Brittni Darras, 25, had an eye-opening meeting with one of her student’s mothers during a parent-teacher conference.

The student’s mother revealed the reason for her daughter’s extended [continue reading]


Texting Versus Talking To Your Kids

girl on celle phoneTexting Versus Talking To Your Kids

Texting versus talking. It’s hard to quibble with the speed and convenience of connecting through texts and instant messages, but scientists say that today’s ubiquitous online social communication may not confer the same feel-good effects as plain old talking.

Studying a group of girls, U.S. researchers found that key emotion-linked hormones — including cortisol and oxytocin — responded in potentially beneficial ways when the girls talked over a stressful event with their mothers compared to when they texted about it.

They are not really sure why, but maybe hearing that voice is special. Hearing someone’s voice is not only able to convey tone and sincerity, but also identity.

Researchers compared the hormonal responses of girls between the ages of nearly 8 and 12 when hearing their mother’s voice with those who communicated with their mothers via instant message after completing a stressful math and verbal test.

Girls who either spoke to their mothers by phone or in person had lower levels of cortisol — the “stress” hormone — and higher levels of oxytocin, known as the “love hormone” because of its link to forming positive relationships. The hormone levels of the instant-messaging group were similar to those of a control group of girls who weren’t allowed any contact with their mothers after the test.

While the girls that texted reported no feelings of stress their bodies had another chemical response.

Love No Limits, Summer Fun, Text Driving Banned

Power Thoughts

  1. “Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen.”
  2. “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
  3. “When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt”

The Good Friends Question of the Day: Any ideas for summer fun for families with young kids? What did your summers look like? Trip to: Grandparents, fishing, etc.?
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Family Summer Fun

  • Ellen Trout Park & Zoo is one of Lufkin’s main tourist attractions and has over 500 animals, one fourth are endangered species. The zoo has received numerous state and national awards and is considered one of the top zoos in Texas. You can ride a miniature pre-Civil War train replica around the lake. (936) 633-0399
  • Texas Blueberry Festival; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011. See you at the tastiest festival in Texas! Blueberry-sweet fun with free admission and 100+ vendors. (936)560-5533.
  • Texas Forestry Museum Learn about the history and culture of Lufkin/Angelina County. See exhibits, steam locomotive, depot, and walking trail. Open seven days a week, free admission. (936) 632-9535
  • The Museum of East Texas This museum offers changing exhibitions of art and history, artists and scholars, workshops and classes, summer Art Camp, and Super Saturdays. Open seven days a week, free admission. (936) 639-4434

Text while Driving Banned: Sending text messages while driving would be outlawed in Texas under a bill passed by the legislature. The provision says it is ok to read a text while driving. The measure now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Texting’s be a Cool way to communicate. But soon, if you do it behind the wheel, it may become the most expensive thing you’ve ever typed.  You may want to curb that habit since fines start at 200 dollars.

The Texas House saying the practice is a hazard more dangerous than drunk driving. The legislation would ban text, electronic and instant messaging by a motorist while driving. It would not apply when a driver is stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. Violations could lead to a Class C misdemeanor charge and a fine of as much as $200.