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By Bert Alanko
President, MBA Insurance
I’ve done it, but will never do it again. I know that many of you have done it, too.
For some of us, until things hit home, we just don’t understand the dangers of texting while driving. We don’t get it. We do not feel it until it is right in our face. Well, it is in our face here at MBA Insurance. For one of our close personal friends at MBA, it has hit home.
On Jan. 8, her husband, a police officer, was making a routine traffic stop on the freeway, when he was struck by a gentleman who was, by his own admission, texting at the time.
We all hear of these things in our own cities. It happens all the time. I am here to tell you that when it happens to someone close to you, it really hits home.
The fact is it has ruined or altered the course of not only this young lady’s life life, and her dreams, and the life of their 10-month-old baby boy, but it is also changing the life of her mother and father. It is changing the life of her husband’s parents, siblings and friends.
It is having a profound effect on MBA staff as our heart breaks for this young lady.
To make matters worse, this officer was a cancer survivor, so he had no life insurance. They have had to set up a GoFundMe account to help with things.
Can you imagine all the ramifications of this accident occurring at this time in their young lives? As we sit here today, it is impossible to think through all the scenarios.
The gentleman that was texting while driving, is 40 years old. He has a wife and two kids, and lives here in Scottsdale. He is probably a regular guy, who knows. However, his life is screwed as he sits in jail, charged with three different crimes.
So, I am writing this to warn you — do not wait until it hits home for you or someone you care about. Please, if you do text while driving — stop!
Bert Alanko is the president of MBA Insurance, a company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., that provides RV rental insurance to dealerships and private parties renting motorhomes and travel trailers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.