Letter to the editor: Distraction can be deadly | TribLIVE.com
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Distraction can be deadly

Imagine you’re on a walk. You have your headphones in to distract you from the rest of the world. You come to a stoplight. You look. No one is coming. You start to walk, but you aren’t aware of the immediate changes in the world around you; you don’t hear cars honking at you to move because there is a runaway vehicle that is not going to stop. You continue your casual walk. Your life has been changed forever, if it is not already over.

Now, imagine you are a parent. You receive a call from your child’s phone but it is not your child. It is an officer telling you police have found your child. He tells you your child is unresponsive and is being life-flighted to the hospital. Why? Because a simple decision has taken away one of your child’s senses and distracted him for a moment that has changed your lives forever. Your child is gone, before you make it to see him.

There’s no fault in the consequences, but there are decisions that can be made to avoid these outcomes. Think about the unpredictable possibilities of your surroundings. Keep your head up. Understand what your headphones can do as well as what they prevent in your daily life. Think about the possibilities you have in life and how to have some control over the unpredictable world around you.

Alexandra Gourley


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.