If you show me someone who says they have never texted while driving, I’ll show you a liar. While many laws have been put into place and public service announcements made to discourage people from using their cell phone while driving, many still do it. I only have a ten-minute drive to work, and I typically see at least 5 people using their phones while driving during my swift commute.
A particularly interesting story involving texting while driving has come to light recently. A college student in Alabama actually literally drove his car off of a cliff because he was texting while driving. Thankfully, the young man survived the incident. As we all know, quite a few people have lost their lives because they were texting while driving. Driving off a cliff seems like a pretty serious accident, so even though it has taken six months to recover enough to speak to the press, Texas-native Chance Bothe is incredibly lucky to still be alive.
The ironic part of this whole story is that the text that caused him to not be paying attention and drive over the cliff read: “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.” Just seconds following this, his car went off a cliff.
He may have survived, but he is not at all without hardship or injury. Bothe suffered from a fractured skull, traumatic brain injuries, a crushed face and a broken neck. Local news reports out of Alabama say that doctors brought him back to life three times following the horrific accident. Now Bothe is speaking out: “They just need to understand, don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he said. “I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I’m surprised that’s not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever.”
And as of August 1st Alabama drivers are subject to a $25 fine if they are caught texting while driving.