, Salem, MA


October 11, 2012

Column: Don't text and drive


On the other side of that same courtroom on that same day, the family and friends of Donald Bowley and Luz Roman also wept. Mr. Bowley died and Ms. Roman was seriously injured because, while Aaron was reading a text message, he drifted over the center line and crashed head on into their car. A father, grandfather, brother, boyfriend is gone because of one text. A once-vibrant woman still cannot work to this day because of one text.

This accident, which was so predictable, as is any distracted behavior while driving, was absolutely preventable. Therefore, the question for everyone reading this is, “Is it worth it?”

Can you think of one message that would be worth that?

I understand all too well how busy people are and when the phone dings with a message, it is very difficult to ignore it. We all think, “I can take a quick look.”

Please. Resist the temptation and think again.


Jonathan Blodgett has been the district attorney of Essex County since 2003. For more information about texting and driving, please visit

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