Sad stories about texting and driving

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A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel

One of 2014s most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel interweaves the cutting-edge science of attention with the tensely plotted story of a mysterious car accident and its aftermath to answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance? Through Richtels beautifully constructed narrative, a complex and far-reaching topic becomes intimate and urgent--an important call to reexamine our own lives.

On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the states groundbreaking prosecution (at the time there was little precedent to guide the court), and ultimately, Reggies wrenching admission of responsibility.

Richtel parallels Reggies journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains--showing how these devices, now thoroughly embedded in all aspects of our lives, play to our deepest social instincts and prey on parts of the brain that crave stimulation, creating loops of compulsion, even addiction. A propulsive read filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change--and save--lives.
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Distracted Driving: Sarah's story

HOUSTON - The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday.
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Minn. teen charged in fatal texting while driving crash

A year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for striking and killing two teenage girls with her car. There was no malicious intent behind this tragic auto accident. Natasha Boggs was simply texting — while she was driving. Distracted driving is an epidemic in this country, and two young women have lost their lives because one person was unable to put her phone down while she was behind the wheel. This horrific accident occurred last spring in Ohio.

There is the empty bedroom in the basement of a house by the river. Or the picture that hangs above the dinner table: Laura smiling as she tugs on her scarf. She opens a video of Laura sporting a white karate gi in the middle of a high school gymnasium. She sends a text message to her friend. The car approaches a rail crossing at the crest of a hill. It is a story unfolding across the country — in the back of speeding ambulances, on operating tables and in smouldering wrecks along the side of highways. Distracted driving is believed to be among the leading factors in fatal collisions in every province and territory in Canada.

According to the Centers for Disease Control , nine people die every single day because of a distracted driver. Smartphone ownership statistics showcase the prominence of these devices, but what they also illustrate is the focal need for connectivity in our lives. Almost every teen has a smartphone, and this allows for constant and instant access to their social world; information and even entertainment is merely a tap away, and built in cameras snap memories that serve to document every action or inaction. Phones and devices follow everywhere, and, unfortunately, their presence even has taken a front seat in the car. So while distractions behind the wheel can be attributed to any action that displaces the importance of controlling the vehicle, the presence of smartphones has contributed greatly to the number of texting and driving deaths and other fatalities , as well as injuries and crashes on the road. Smartphones are deadly when used behind the wheel, and, for new drivers, their lure is even more worrisome.

Caysi Jaronske, 17, was in the car with Bollig on that fateful day.
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  1. Guillaume F. says:

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, nine people die every single day because of a distracted driver. While distracted driving.

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  3. Daría H. says:

    The letters are big and white and take up nearly half of the back window of Nikki Cline's black Volkswagen Beetle.

  4. Verrupajji says:

    Mother shares story of losing son, dangers of distracted driving

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