Driving and Talking Don't Mix April Castro, Associated Press Writer January
4, 2003: AUSTIN (AP) Amy Seagar blames irresponsible cell phone use for the death of her 17-year
old twin daughters. Kim and Kathy Seager were stopped as a railroad crossing on their way to a lake for a moonlit walk one
evening last summer. A driver in another car was on his cell phone when he rear-ended them at 50 MPH, sending the girls' small
car directly into the path of a moving train. Both girls died four days after the accident. Amy Seager says the driver deserves
much of the blame for collision. She also says, however, that people seem unaware of the dangers of driving while distracted
by the phone.
My Personal Testimony:
I consider myself a safe driver. There have been times where accidents were unfortunate and unpreventable. One day I was
leaving my aunt's house, heading southbound on Riverside Drive in Fort Worth, Texas. I stopped at the red light, and I noticed
a police officer one car behind me talking on his cell phone. As I looked both ways and proceeded into the intersection, halfway
through, a young lady and her companion ran the light and we collided, I noticed the driver was still talking on her cell
phone and not looking where she was going as we collided. Her passenger was aware and covered her eyes; my 1993 Jeep Cherokee
was totally destroyed; luckily I had only slight injuries. The officer on the cell phone did not even see the accident, but
there were two good samaritans that witnessed the accident.