Everybody Does It…

Texting and driving is about as dangerous as it can get. Your attention is off the road for more time than it needs to be. In fact, your attention should never be off the road if you’re driving.

Teens today are connected with the world via social media. Their phones are as much a part of their lives as were the pages most of their parents carried many years ago. The one major problem with smart phones is how they can distract a driver at the moment when they need to be concentrating the most.

There’s even a new phrase being bandied about while doing this—Driving while intexicated.

Here are a few facts most people don’t know.

At any given time, 660,000 drivers on the road are texting and driving. That five second text you just sent while ignoring traffic around you… at 55 MPH, you just went the length of a football field without looking at the road.

So not cool.

Eleven teenagers die every day from texting and driving. Oh, you say, that’s not many. Well, think about it this way, 4,015 teens die every year doing this dangerous activity. And if that doesn’t rock your world, how about this…

If you cause an accident while “driving while intexicated,” you will be charged criminally. Those charges can range from a ticket that will cost a lot of money and probably the right to drive with a valid license for a year to defending your indefensible actions in court because you injured or killed someone.

Still think it’s okay to text and drive?

Think about this. Like drinking underage, driving while intexicated will ruin your life. Once caught, you will have a criminal record. You’ll find the college you’ve had your heart set on doesn’t want you any longer. The career you desired is now forever lost. Your friends might say you’re cool, but they aren’t the ones having to pay the consequences of responding to a text. That is, if you can respond. All your plans for the future might end in a second that becomes what everyone will remember about you the rest of their lives, because you won’t be around to tell them how wrong you were.

In Where U @, Trea’s dad causes problems with his inability to stop texting and driving. She lives through the horror of seeing the consequences of what he does and must stand up for what she believes in once everyone realizes who caused the accident. But even that isn’t enough to stop the temptation of answering a text, until she realizes what she almost did.


Trea Jones has always known the bitterness of bigotry and abject poverty. Her half-Cherokee daddy disappeared thirteen years ago on the pretense of getting milk. Mama has done nothing but mourn his loss, and she blames Trea for that. Now that she's starting her senior year of high school, Trea hopes for something better, but she doesn't hold out much hope.
Until …

She loosens up on some of her rules. Her guy, Dave, proves to her that she is worthy of everything the others have. The last day of classes prior to the winter break, she's ready to share some stupendous news with Dave, but tragedy intervenes when her daddy texts while driving a bus. Trea is left wondering if she can ever be free of a curse that heaps a lot of bad luck on her whenever good things happen to her.


In Ontario, driving while texting is against the law. It earns you a huge fine and demerit points on your license. If you are involved in an accident, then God help you if someone dies. Then you'll face vehicular manslaughter charges or worse.