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Shannon's World - Raw: Texting and Driving

by Shannon Coombs

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Texting not only effects people in the car but pedestrians as well. Many of us on this site love to cycle and run. Makes me angry that the rider of this bike was killed b/c of the person driving the car. See what the kid says in the video.

Do you text and drive? God I hope not. And it’s not just texting and dialing numbers; it’s also tweeting, updating your Facebook status and checking your emails while driving. This is not the type of multi-tasking that pays off.  A friend of mine just posted a video on his Facebook page about texting and driving (See video below). It featured three different teenagers who had either lost their own life or killed someone else while texting and driving. There are so many of us guilty for this. One of the kids in the video said texting is the equivalent of closing your eyes and driving for 5 to 6 seconds. Now that’s a reality check isn’t it?

The motocross industry spends a majority of their careers on the road and have many friends all across the country to keep in touch with. Anyone who is sixteen years or older and is a motocrosser is often headed to the practice track, to a race or to the gym. You spend your whole career trying to ride without distractions to avoid injury while on a motorcycle, so why put yourself in jeopardy while behind the wheel of a car?

The other day I was almost hit head on because a truck in oncoming traffic was stopped and the car behind him almost slammed into his rear and chose to swerve onto my side of the road. My first thought was, “They probably didn’t know the guy in front of him stopped because he was texting!” And I have to admit I’ve almost rear-ended more than one person due to texting and driving! I don’t do it anywhere near what I used to, but it shouldn’t be done at all while driving--ever!

These texts/tweets/status updates/emails we are sending are putting people’s/families lives at risk and are things that can wait! One girl died…the text that killed her said, “where you at.” Another teenager killed someone on a bike because he texted “LOL.” Texting and driving is beyond ignorant, it’s just down right idiotic—and increases your chance of having an accident by 23%.

I was hit head-on by a drunk driver my senior year of high school. He was thrown through his front window and I took out the windshield of my car with the back of my head and the dash with my knees. But me playing chicken with that ignorant human being that night didn’t need to happen. Everyone in the end was fine but I have to compare texting and driving with drunk driving because they are both senseless acts that can take lives. I never drink and drive if I have more than one glass of wine—it’s just not worth it! But why do I even occasionally text and drive?

I hope everyone takes the time to watch this and lets it sink in. I’m putting my phone on mute when I’m in my car from now on and will allow it to vibrate when a call comes through—this way I’m not tempted to look at a text until I break my habit completely. I think we all pick up our phone to read a text impulsively, and reading a text can be just as dangerous as texting. A friend and I had a recent conversation that has inspired me to start using my Bluetooth again, it’s coming out of the box today. This is just an added step to be hands-free when I’m behind the wheel.

There are a few ways we can start changing this bad habit. If you know the person on the receiving end of the text is driving at the time—do them a favor and don’t text them! Call them if it’s that important. And if you’re driving don’t text at all unless you are at a red light or your car is in park. Think before you act; ask yourself, Is this text that I’m about to send really worth losing a life over?

Turn your phone down and turn your music back up. We are all becoming so disconnected because we are SO connected by technology……

About the Author: Shannon is the better half of Davey Coombs, the founder of Racer X Illustrated. She lives in Morgantown, WV and is the owner of a clothing boutique (Vance's Blues), helps run the family restaurant (Madeleine's), travels the World promoting health and fitness through her NuSkin business, writes a daily Blog, and raises her two kids. Busy woman with plenty to say. Enjoy!

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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    Preston February 03, 2011 at 11:01 am

    What does this have to do with training? Would you like to give me some religion advice as well?

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    scott February 03, 2011 at 11:09 am

    What does it have to do with training? Well, you can't train if you die in an accident because you were texting while driving or someone else was. This is an important post. Thanks for doing it.

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer February 03, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Preston - I can appreciate your comment but Shannon's column is about more than just training. Her prose are meant to make you think, laugh, and generally entertain. I am curious though. How old are you? My guess is you are a teenager. Nothing wrong with that, most important messages are lost on teens. I was once a smart-ass teen who thought the world revolved around me. And, no I would not like to give you any advice on religion. Oh, and if you are not a teenager, your comment is just sad.

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    Bill February 03, 2011 at 11:50 am

    This is all fine and dandy until legislators start trying to create more laws to outlaw stupidity. This is why we are living in a nanny state where people go mad and then INTENTIONALLY hurt others. Let's try to be smart and responsible but also realize that there is no guaranteed safety.

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    SJF350 February 03, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Preston, You are an idiot no matter how old you are. Wise up! Motocrosser's are not immune to dieing. You can take all precautions when you race or ride wearing all the gear possible. Then get in your car on the way home from a safe day of practice and hit a tree while texting to a buddy how flat you got over the table top and never live to ride or train another day. Not a Sermon, just a fact.

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    Preston February 03, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I am an idiot because I can practice common sense without my hand being held? I dont need a special announcement to tell me that texting while driving is unsafe.

    The point of my post is the fact that texting while driving has nothing to do with training and fitness, mmmm, oh by the way........that is what racerxvt.com is about, hence the "vt" (virtual trainer)

    But most of all, I was just taking a short break from the day's workload and wanted to see if I could entertain a couple people.............mission accomplished !!

    Now im off to my favorite dirt bike mechanics forum to post a new casserole recipe !!

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    Coolter February 03, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Maybe if it was texting while riding a dirtbike, then it would pertain to a motocross website? Care to enlighten us with any other issues that are non-moto related? How about your favorite color perhaps? Run on sentences and poor grammar... If the Shannon wasn't DC's wife, this pointless dribble never would of made it to the RacerX site.

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    Jared February 03, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Great message and reminder...THANKS!

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    dz958 February 03, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Motocrossers generally drive a fair amount of distance to go riding, thats how this pertains to motocross. If this article stops someone for texting while driving then it is worth it. A guy I used to work with was riding passenger with his girlfriend and she was texting while driving and hit a tree. He died and she survived.

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    BillyJ February 03, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Shannon - THANKS, you just saved at least 1life and I am sure many more!!!

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    Chad February 03, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Shannon!
    The immature comments of some her are really sad, I like to believe the majority see this is an important thing to share, regardless of the place it is shared.

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    Freeloader February 03, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Preston, first and foremost as someone who professes to have common sense, why would you knock someone who is trying to spread a good common sense message?
    Also when this column debuted it was presented as random musings , experiences,
    etc. of he author. If you only want to read about training don't click on the link. That is COMMON SENSE.

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    Preston February 03, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Freeloader

    Let me make it real simple for you.

    This is supposed to be a place geared towards training for mx, not a place for "random musings , experiences, etc." ..............thats is what personal blogs are for, or in this case a website for "mothers against texting drivers".

    The whole point of a webiste dedicated to a particular subject matter is to provide the users with usable information, not "random musings , experiences, etc." to sort through. While I can appreciate the concern by Shannan, I just dont feel this is the proper place for it.

    BOOOM!!!!!!! that just happened son!!

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    Amy February 03, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I say a huge THANK YOU as well! I think it is very important to stress not texting while driving. I can't believe how heartless some of these comments are on here... It's obvious that those who are posting the negative have never been impacted by something like this before.

    In the first line of Shannon's portion of the site it says "In this feature, Shannon Coombs will give her take on life, love, fitness and whatever else crosses her mind.". I think that is quite clear that her portion of the site is not 100% strictly fitness related. No one held a gun to your head and made you click on it. You clicked on the link because it was something that caught your interest.

    I will say again, thank you for putting this article up. It's funny to think this would not have even been an issue 10 years ago...

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    mc724 February 03, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    preston, you are a dumbass!! shut the f up and go log on to juicehead.com or something for your super strict training advice.

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    Coolter February 03, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    <3 Preston

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    Lebowski February 03, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    This is the weakest column in MOTO history. Preston is spot on. You are all kiss asses b/c it's Coombs' wife and/or a pretty girl. Somewhere, Jerry Bernardo is feeling a lot like an actual journalist thanks to this nonsense. NEPOTISM is why this bs on here, no other reason.

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    Chris February 03, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I once sent a text while jumping a triple. True story.

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    spooky February 03, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    good article.i drive beside idiots all the time going 70 plus on the highway while texting. i doubt,wait i know there is nothing that important.if it is really serious,pull over and call.these self absorbed a holes have no respect for others family or their lives.automatic $200 ticket i say.

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    wtrottle February 03, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Preston, A long-time motocross friend of mine forwarded me this AT&T message (and AT&T pisses me off on a regular basis) and I found it to be a very positive video. You had the choice not to view this video, didn't you? Just move on and view the fitness articles if you don't care for it. Sh^t dude, all the advice on here is FREE! At the very least support the site that is giving you free motocross fitness information! Little moron dweebs like you spend your day buried in a continuous text message never confronting anyone in person or in real life. You have no sacs. If you do have any sacs at all back it up. Please correct us and post your personal address and phone so we can straighten out this customer service problem that you have.

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    Preston February 03, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hey I just realized that when I pay all the fees to create and host a website on a particular subject matter then I can dictate and comment on what should or shouldn't be available as content on the site. So in the meantime I'll stop posting and hopefully spare the world from openly viewing my utter ignorance.

    It also occurred to me that I have a choice in clicking on what I read because I found this amazing thing called a 'back' button which prevents me from engaging in content which is of no interest to me. Awesome, I don't have to download the responsibility of what comes across my screen onto others.

    Finally I concede that if someone I loved with my every fiber was torn from this earth by a drunk driver, or a texter then maybe then I wouldn't mind a simple public awareness message being shared with those who are not always as forward thinking as I hold myself out to be.

    My apologies for choosing to amuse myself at the expense of others who have senselessly lost loved ones to senseless acts of self indulgent behavior.

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    DC February 03, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    My wife is not here because of nepotism. She's here because she writes well, she has something to say, and she's been to more professional motocross races in the last 15 years than she can count. Tim Crytser -- the Virtual Trainer himself -- thought a female voice on a wide range of topics about life on the other side of the fence might add something to his site. I have nothing to do with this site other than the fact that I enjoy reading it and I've lost about 25 pounds in the last year as a result, so it works for me. Shannon, who is involved in more different business projects than I am, like to write and I think she has a lot to say. If you don't, by all means skip over it, but please don't get offended by its presence here. It's the world wide web; there's enough ink here for everyone.
    Thanks for posting it Tim.
    DC

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    Preston February 03, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    some of you really are ignorant, you have all missed my point entirely.........silly fools

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    RAC February 04, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Shannon,

    Thank you very much for posting this important topic. My family and I recently watched the Extreme Makeover Home Edition which featured the family of a girl named Alex Brown who lost her life to texting while driving. A Very Moving episode to say the least.

    As the father of a 16 year old racer and new driver I appreciate you bringing this to the attention of our young people that view the RacerX website.

    Cheers to You!!!!

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    kurt February 04, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    "And I have to admit I've almost rear-ended more than one person due to texting and driving! I don't do it anywhere near what I used to, but it shouldn't be done at all while driving--ever!" wow...read you own advice.

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer February 09, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I normally never respond to comments on websites (yes, even mine) and never visit chat rooms. Arguing with someone over a comment, in my opinion, is pointless. I won't defend Shannon, and her place on this website. She doesn't need me to do that. But I would like to point out a few things I think some of you are missing.

    1. First of all, like Davey said, Shannon is not on this site b/c Davey is her husband. If it were all about nepotism don't you think she would have a spot on RacerxOnline or in the mag. The audience on the VT website is a tiny fraction of those. Davey and I have been friends since we were kids and he truly has nothing to do with the happenings of this site on a day-to-day basis. He was nice enough to let me use the Racer X platform as a springboard to bringing fitness and training to Motocross. I am proud to fly the Racer X flag and do my best to represent the brand but in the end this site is owned by TC Training, LLC.

    2. May I suggest to the few of you who did not like this article to kindly not click on Shannon's next article. It may just be about that casserole recipe you wanted to send to your favorite dirt bike mechanics forum.

    3. If you don't think this article had anything to do about Motocross training, you are flippin' crazy. I love to ride my road bike and NEVER ride on the main roads anymore b/c of texting and distracted drivers. I like cycling but not enough to die for b/c of a careless driver who wasn't paying attention and plows me down. Hence the picture in the article. So for those of you who don't think this post is relevant to training, you must stick to the comfy confines of your local gym.

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