Friday Digital Byte: When Driving, Put The Cell Phone Away!

It’s sad and disturbing that a teen is being sent to jail due to texting because he killed someone while texting while driving. It’s the right decision by the court and the only decision given our always connected lives. While people refuse to turn off technology and put down those phones, what other decision could the judge have made? We have lost perspective. We are too distracted. We have … [Read more...]

Friday Digital Byte: This Mother’s Day, don’t forget to send mom a text!

Technology sometimes gets a bad rap but the truth is it can be one of the best ways to stay in touch with the people we care about. Whether’s it’s a quick, “hi” or a reminder to your kids about that appointment after school, I find some forms of technology, especially texting, can be incredibly powerful. So, this Sunday, on Mother's Day, send Mom a text. And, if you want to add a special … [Read more...]

NTSB Call to Arms: No call, no text, no update

Today the NTSB formally recommended a nationwide ban on texting while driving. Given the statistics cited in their press release, and the amount of near misses we’ve all experienced, this almost seems a day late. The prompt for this national ban was a multi-car accident in 2010 that was caused by a distracted driving texter: “On August 5, 2010, on a section of Interstate 44 in Gray Summit, … [Read more...]

Mass. texting ban starts this week. Will it work?

I was at a busy intersection last Friday getting the gas in my car filled up. Believe it or not, in our overly busy society where people pride themselves on independence and convenience, there are still a few old-fashioned "full service" gas stations in Massachusetts. Two exist in my home town, in fact. I enjoy the throw back to a different time and despite rumors to the contrary the gas is not … [Read more...]