What's your life worth?

By
Real Estate Agent with Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC

As I was crawling down the freeway heading for home yesterday, I noticed the Cadillac Esplanade in front of me was randomly swerving into the left medium only to quickly correct itself.  Then it would surge forward followed by slamming on the brakes to come to an abrupt stop.  This erratic behavior drew my attention and I peered into the rear window to investigate.  The driver had a cell phone propped up on the steering wheel where he was texting feverishishly.  He would laugh and continue on again. I am positive the person who was receiving his messages was fond of him.  He was quite enjoying the conversation.  How would the person on the receiving end feel if all of a sudden the messages stopped and the phone became silent?  How would that person feel by distracting the driver for a split second he crossed over the medium plummeting into oncoming traffic killing himself and possibly someone else?  We, as real estate agents, are trying to take advantage of every minute.  It is easy to pick up the cell phone while driving to make calls that we just haven't had a chance to get to all day.  It maybe a course of business for you.  Please consider the risk you take.

Please invest the minimal cost of a BlueTooth and talk hands-free.  There are people depending on you.  They love you.  Your life is worth it!

Posted by

Barb Merrill Works 4 U!

Comments (6)

Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Barbara,

I agree with you. I have a blue tooth as well. After getting many strange looks from people who thought I was talking to myself - albeit in the lane next to me, I know pull my hair back in a barette on my right ear side so they can see, I indeed have a blue tooth and I'm not talking to myself! Not so many looks now!  Especially important as I advertize myself on my car!

Karen Monsour, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Sep 15, 2007 11:58 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

You are so right.  I understand the need for agents to use a cell when driving, but they have to be very careful.  Agents really do NOT have to take personal calls when driving.

But, this isn't just real estate folks.  I see folks all over driving with one hand to their ear. 

Sep 15, 2007 11:59 AM
Joe Zapata
Keller Williams Realty Media World - Burbank, CA
Your Burbank Real Estate Expert
Barbara - Thank you for the great post.  Just the other day on the way to a showing there was a Mercedes in front of me which was driving in much the same manner.  As I passed it I noticed that the driver had not one but two cell phones, one in each hand as well as a map proped on the sterring wheel.  Get real, pull over and do the right thing. 
Sep 15, 2007 12:00 PM
Mary McCleskey & Michelle Gumeny
Assist-2-Sell, Home Buyers & Sellers Realty, Inc. - Acworth, GA

I can always guess when someone driving on the road in front of me is talking on their cell phone. It drives me crazy!! People do need to think of the danger they are putting other in when chatting on their phone, writing things down, putting on makeup, etc. My husband is a police officer and he says you would be amazed by the number of accidents he has worked caused by idiots doing those things.

BE SAFE!

Sep 15, 2007 12:56 PM
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA
Here in California every one has a cell phone.  We all take our lives in hand on the roads here.  I am eager for the hands free law to take effect and I applaud the effort to keep minors off the phones in cars period.
Sep 15, 2007 06:32 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Barbara,
I think all agents are guilty of talking on the cell phone while driving--I know I am.  The hands free is the only way to go, especially if you are texting!  
Sep 20, 2007 12:59 AM

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