Alanko: Stop texting while driving

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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

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

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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  • RV Rental Connection Bonnie Worthington says:

    Bert, We are so sorry for your loss (in your MBA family). There is a recent book about another texting and driving crash called, “Deadly Wandering,” and how technology affects our brains. We will support the GoFundMe in this post.

  • Bob Zagami says:

    Thank you for sharing this tragic story Bert. While we cannot feel what you and your team are feeling today, we can all understand your plea to stop doing things that could easily put us in a similar situation. We’ve all done it, and we all know what could happen if we do it . . . this is a horrible story of what often does happen when we expose ourselves to possibility of doing the same thing some day. Your willingness to share the grief of this family, your employee and your company is sincerely appreciated.

    • Bert alanko says:

      Thank you Bob
      It is so terrible for all.
      Trying to be compassionate on both sides, he was it is reported, texting his wife. Can you even imagine how she feels. She is as much to blame as he is truely.
      What do they say to their kids, ” mom and dad were texting while her was driving home and dad killed someone.”
      Nice job mom and dad.

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