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After Nearly Hitting A Teen, Driver Begs Others Not To Text And Drive

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An anonymous writer shared their sobering experience of almost hitting a teenage boy in Pasadena because they were texting and driving. They implored anyone else who may have the same habit to knock if off.

The poster chose to remain anonymous and created a burner account — DONTtextANDdrivePLS — to tell their story on Los Angeles' Reddit. The poster said that they'd become accustomed to texting while driving over the past few years, despite the fact that it's been illegal since 2009. The poster said they always drove at the speed limit, and frequently used their knee to manipulate the steering wheel. "I've found that I can [text and drive] pretty well if I just glance up and down and drive at a slow place." However, the poster decided to stop texting while driving after an incident a few weeks ago.

But... I almost killed a boy. I was driving down a quiet, residential street in Pasadena. There were no other cars around me and I was probably driving 25mph super slow, but I was texting. I look up and suddenly I see there's a boy (looked like a high school student) who was staring down at his phone and walking into the middle of the street. And I'm driving and realized I'm about to hit this boy and I swerved the f*ck out of the way.

Luckily, I heard someone yell "HEY!" through my open window (a gardener who saw what was about to happen) which tipped me off to look up earlier than I normally do. That gardener saved that boys life.

The boy was crossing the street illegally, unaware of his surroundings due to the phone. And I was driving illegally as well, in a limited capacity, due to my attention being on the phone.

The post continues to talk about how the driver was haunted by what the consequences might have been had the boy been injured or killed, and how devastating it would have been for both of their families. The poster then said that they no longer text and drive and always pull over to plug in GPS coordinates or if they need to send a message.
Please learn from my mistake. I could have killed someone. Looking back, I think it was only a matter of time that I was going to kill someone if I had continued. And I know A LOT of you text and drive, because I'm an avid cyclist and can easily peer into other peoples cars as they're whizzing by and often times there's a phone in their lap. In a world where productivity is better than ever. We still want to do MORE and MORE and MORE in the little time we have but it's all bull shit. SO PLEASE, PLEASE, I BEG YOU. PLEASE DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE. JUST PULL OVER.LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE, PEOPLE. PLEASE. YOU WILL KILL ANOTHER PERSON/CYCLIST/DRIVER/DOG EVENTUALLY IF YOU DON'T.

Earlier this month,
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a video surfaced of a driver intentionally hitting a motorcyclist who told him to stop using his phone while driving.

Last year Hillel Aron wrote in LA Weekly that he didn't feel bad about texting while driving. Even though the deadly habit is more common than many of us would like to admit, the backlash was swift and he changed his mind: "I’ve been thinking a lot about it. I guess I’ve been convinced that I’m wrong."