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Please Don't Tweet and Drive

Back on Aug. 16, 2010, I innocently stated:

Ever since I got Twitter installed on my BlackBerry, it has occurred to me that we cannot be far away from a time when we will regularly be reading articles with headlines such as "Six Car Pileup Results After Man Checks TwitterFon on Beltway" or "Local Woman Walks Into Manhole While Posting TwitPic."

And yet, to date, I have not seen any car crashes, boat wrecks, slip-and-falls or any of the other things I expected directly attributed to Twitter. Are they out there? Are there other types of cases out there where damages, injuries or even crimes are being connected back to people using Twitter?

I'm not trying to get all "Nostradamus" on you, but I think we can now all agree that Aug. 16 marked the end of a simpler age, when humans did not bring great harm to themselves and others because they were trying to provide updates about their "status" to other humans who probably didn't give a hoot anyway.

As I mentioned here, the very next day (Aug. 17, 2010), a well-known plastic surgeon named Frank Ryan was killed when he accidentally drove his car over a cliff while sending a Twitter message about his border collie, Jill.

This was followed by the woman who, while texting a friend, walked directly into the concrete surround of a fountain and fell headfirst, fully clothed, into the water.

And last week brought the sad news of a woman who has been sued in a wrongful-death lawsuit for allegedly fatally striking a pedestrian while updating her Facebook page on her cell phone.

There are, no doubt, many more stories like this. The last six months have surely proven that humans are not always capable of tweeting, Facebooking or texting while driving, and sometimes even while walking.

Please be careful and put down the Twitter while driving!

Posted by Bruce Carton on February 23, 2011 at 02:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)


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