Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Living in Louisiana, we have heard the phrase “bless your heart” uttered countless times. We also have used the phrase multiple times ourselves. In the South, where politeness reigns among good people, you have to put your judgments somewhere. It’s not polite to speak ill of people if you were raised right. “Bless your heart” is not really a compliment. It sounds sweet as pie, and sometimes is said affectionately, but it’s most often used because the recipient did something wrong while knowing better.

By now, we are aware of the dangers of texting while driving. Texting and driving is a well-known and deeply researched issue, yet individuals around the world continue to text and drive, resulting in many accidents, injuries, and deaths. In a study conducted in February 2019 by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 69% of drivers from the United States between the ages of 18 and 64 expressed that they use their cell phone while driving. Research shows that it takes just three seconds for a crash to occur once a driver becomes distracted whilst driving and that brake reaction speed can be 18% slower whilst texting and driving.

“Bless your heart” is backhanded snarky phrase that come sugar-coated in politeness. In this instance it is used to point out the foolishness of texting and driving. If you are driving on the Bridge and see a driver texting, please contact Causeway Dispatch (504-835-3116 or *27 on cellular phone).