Famous photographer Kevin Mazur nearly lost his life when the car he and his wife were in was struck by a woman who was allegedly driving while intoxicated and texting.  Kevin recalls the accident in a letter he sent to some of his close friends.  Not only has the crash changed his life, it has changed with way he views texting and driving.

“Subject: We are Lucky to be Alive -Texting Kills

You all know that my wife + I were in a horrible head on car crash and we are very lucky to be alive.

We just received the police report that disclosed that the 22 year old driver who hit us was INTOXICATED above the legal limit and was TEXTING.

You may be tempted to attribute the accident to the driver’s drunken state, but in actuality, because of her texting we were at a 4x greater risk of having that accident than if she were only intoxicated.

I wanted to share this with you in hopes that it will save someone from going through what my wife and I have endured.  My plea is to PLEASE stop TEXTING while you drive.  We are all so busy, and it is so easy to forget or ignore that picking up your phone when you’re behind the wheel could put peoples’ lives in danger.  Please consider if any text message is worth your life, or the life of someone else.

My son watched an episode of Oprah on the dangers of texting and driving while in Drivers Ed.  He would constantly tell me to stop texting while we were in the car and he often referred to the Oprah Show.  I dismissed his requests thinking it wouldn’t happen to me.  After the accident I reflected on what my son had always been preaching and decided to watch the show.  I’ve attached the link below and hope you will take the time to WATCH IT and SHARE IT with your family to educate everyone on this horrible habit that most of us are guilty of.  I was the biggest offender before my accident.

DON’T TEMPT FATE,

THAT TEXT CAN WAIT

Drive Safely – The App to Stop Distracted Driving:  http://www.drivesafe.ly/

Kevin”

To learn what you can do to put an end to your own distractions in the car, download my free ebook Distracted to Death today and take the Just Put It Down Pledge.

Kevin’s letter was originally published in a Wall Street Journal blog post entitled “Texting Kills: Kevin Mazur, Rock Photographer, Offers Mea Culpa and Plea.”

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