September 14, 2016
I Thought I Was A Pro
Your program saved the life of a little girl a few weeks ago. I'm still shaken up from my experience.
I used to be a chronic texter when I drove, because I thought I was a "pro" at it by typing a word, looking up at the road and typing another word. I was listening to the opening of your show where you talked about "distracted driving," and sure enough, I had my phone in my hand, and I was texting away, thinking "Oh, yeah, Dr. Laura - nag, nag, nag!" But then you mentioned that the time you looked down at your phone was the length of a football field, and I thought "no way!" Then I noticed that I had looked down for almost the length of two telephone poles on the country road on which I was driving. That's when I put my phone down.
Less than a minute after I put my phone down, a little girl riding her bike fell out into the street right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes and stopped just inches before hitting her. Her mother came running and picked her up and I carried her little Disney Princess bike back to their front yard. If I had been texting, I would have taken her life and destroyed a family. Because of your broadcast that day and the analogy of the length of the football field, you opened my eyes and more than likely helped save that little girl's life.
Posted by Staff at 10:59 AM