Rebekah Steely Brooker 2015-02-25 18:53:01
Call Waiting Growing up in a small town an hour north of Houston, our idea of traffic consisted of three cars at a stoplight. Back then, I remember finding it humorous that my mom would turn down the radio when we entered the outskirts of larger cities. She was always so nervous to encounter real traffic. When questioned, she would say, “I’m confident in my own driving abilities; it’s just everyone else that I’m nervous about!” Years later, I moved to a larger college town and then, after graduation, to Dallas to begin my career. As the skyline first appeared, I instinctively turned my radio off. I was over- whelmed by the number of lanes and cars zipping around, and I needed to concentrate and focus on the road ahead. Now having lived in Dallas for 15 years, I have grown accustomed to the driving conditions. I might be a little too comfortable because I often drive to and from work on autopilot or on the telephone. I recently traveled out of town for a meeting. When it finished, I went back to my car, eager to get on the road and return a few client calls. I stopped when I realized that my rear passenger window was down. I was fairly certain that I had not rolled down that window as the temperature was in the 30s. I immediately thought my car had been broken into, but after a quick inventory, I concluded that nothing seemed out of place or missing. A call to my husband suggested that perhaps my window’s regulator assembly needed to be replaced. I had no choice but to drive all the way back to Dallas on I-35 with the window down. The trip was noisy. No chance of using my phone. I turned the radio off and focused on the drive. About an hour into my trip, I got to thinking that I needed to change my behavior behind the wheel. I drive distracted daily—I cannot help it; I have three children to shuttle to school and activities. They are famous for asking me to hold something, give them something, or look at something. But, I admittedly make the drive more dangerous by talking on my phone. TYLA has rolled out our newest project, titled Just Drive. This social media campaign consists of a series of public service announcements and information on the dangers of and laws associated with distracted driving. Check out @tylajustdrive on Twitter. Even though my car window has been repaired, I still often drive with all three of my children, and I never purposefully leave home without my cellphone. But now, I make a conscious effort to keep the phone and radio off, focus on the road in front of me, and listen to the joyful noise. REBEKAH STEELY BROOKER President, Texas Young Lawyers Association
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