We live in a fast-paced society. Everything is in our hands, even death. On Jan. 15, 2013, my uncle went on his day by visiting relatives and going to work as a mechanic at businesses all along Highway 44. He decided to pick up his wife of 22 years from the Benavides ISD where she worked in the cafeteria. They were going to pay bills and have dinner at one of the many restaurants in Alice, TX. It was in Alice where his life ended and my aunt struggle to survive started. It was at 4:15 p.m. Time stood still for me and my family. At about 3:30 p.m. a truck was going west as my uncle was head east. The driver of the truck went into oncoming traffic and straight into my uncle’s SUV. Quickly, our family got the word via cell phone. We called each other with the news of the tragedy. Yes, cells phones are vital in this day and age. They keep us in touch with each other. They make work, school and life easier. According to the digitalbuzzblog.com there are currently 6 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. But cell phones are also deadly as I soon discovered. I have always heard about accidents that occur with cell phones, but it did not hit until it happened to my family. I get this tragic phone call. I arrive on the accident scene. My hands shaking, knees weak, and tears streaming from my face as I see the driver’s side of my uncle’s SUV smashed. I learn that he is still in the vehicle. Crying into my mother’s chest we learn from the DPS officer at the scene that the driver of the other vehicle was searching for his phone when the accident occurred. My uncle lost his life and my aunt is fighting for hers because of an item that fits in our back pocket. A life was taken for a piece of technology that is worth between $20 to $500. We live in a fast-paced society, but losing a life because someone is searching for a phone is heart wrenching. My relatives, my life, my children, my friends and your life are not worth $20. This should never have happened. Cell phones are deadly. “Currently, nine states have laws on the books banning texting while driving,” according to dontdriveandtext.org, “while 38 states have bans on cell phone use while driving, Texas has no such law.” Many of us cannot walk and talk at the same time, so why would we take our eyes off the road to drive and talk/text? About 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers each year according, to cell phone statistics on edgarsynder.com. The National Safety Council announced new findings that say 1.6 million accidents a year are caused by cell phone use. At 4:15 p.m. near Alice, TX my family became part of that statistic. My uncle was a great man. He was a son, a father, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather and a friend. He was known by many and now missed by many. That small item-the cell phone- that we all say we cannot live without has taken a family member whom we have to live without. Cell phones are deadly. At 4:15p.m. Jan.
15, 2013, they changed my life forever.