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.
Continue reading

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.