Put It Down, Save A Life

Jesi Kay

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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13 Responses

  1. Amber says:

    Well said. You know where I stand on this matter (I think lol). I’m going to re-blog this as soon as I get the chance.

    • Jessica says:

      A friend of mine from elementary and high school has a daughter that they are thinking about putting through the program and she and her husband aren’t sure they can handle it. It’s so much more emotional on the parents’ side. But I think it’s so important to get the message out. So reblog away!

  2. lrconsiderer says:

    Horrific but so important to share. In England, being on your phone whilst driving is an immediately arrestable offense, as I understand it.

    • Jessica says:

      Lizzi, I wish the US would do that here. For the time being it is completely up to each individual state to decide what to do about it. Drunk driving, if it’s a first offense is basically a slap on the wrist unless someone is killed. Texting is just as dangerous if not more so since almost EVERYONE uses a cell phone. And I’ve seen hands-free be just as dangerous.

  3. Its illegal here in the UK to use your mobile if your engine is running even if you’re parked. It doesn’t stop everyone from doing it and the parked part seems a bit over the top but the message is out there about the dangers. Just before Christmas the level of acceptable alcohol/blood ratio was lowered further and people now have to be aware that they might be over the limit even into the next day. The risks of driving nowadays, given the volume of traffic on the roads, are high enough without additional factors, so this is a really worthwhile message.

    • Jessica says:

      I REALLY wish the US would adopt this viewpoint! Currently, each state is responsible for cell phone policy. In Texas, there are certain cities that have decided their own policies as well. However, the majority of the state has no laws about it other than there is NO cell phone use within school zones. Still, that is only a slap on the wrist. It is a minimum $250 fine. Not that everyone can afford that but really, in the grand scheme of things, it’s nothing. I do know that the propostion to make cell phone use illegal while driving is still making its way within the Texas legislature but it has been YEARS there already. And people are still dying while it waits there.
      And this is really a no-brainer. My biggest thought about it is that there is NO emergency that can’t wait until you can pull over safely. And how many times have you wished that you could have pushed off bad news for just a few minutes longer?
      I enjoy my cell phone…but it’s not worth losing a life.

  4. Ali says:

    I am a yearly speaker at PIDSAL in the Mansfield Independent School District. My best friend and I were part of the very first program in 1998. I am one of the victim impact speakers. My best friend was killed by a drunk driver when we were 21 in 2000. I am so proud if how this program has grown since 1998. Thank you for contining to spread the word and teaching your son to be responsible. That means that telling Michelle’s story and her legacy are more than just her death. She is continuing to change lives, just as she always did. ❤️

    • Jesi says:

      Hi Ali! Thank you so much for commenting. Yes, your friend’s legacy means so much. And I’m sure she’d be proud of you for speaking on her behalf. Being a parent means more than just telling your kids what not to do and hoping they get it. It means being their example and I hope my kids see how much I love them through my actions, through trying to show them that their well-being is important to me. Teaching is half the job; leading by example is the rest.

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