As you know, last week there was a tragic accident on the T's Green Line. I watched the news last Thursday when they showed the scene of the accident in Chestnut Hill. The paramedics did their best to help that T conductor, but when they announced she died, it broke my heart.
But when I heard that she'd been on her cell phone at the time of the accident, I couldn't believe the news! She was chatting on her cell and endangering the lives of her passengers. Also, she was speeding at nearly 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) at a zone when she was supposed to drive the train at 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h).
This is what happens when people use their cell phones when they're behind the wheel. They don't pay attention to what's going on, and they either kill themselves or their passengers(or seriously injure them). Of course, we can't judge a person by his or her mistakes; only God can do that.
I think the time has come for anyone who has a cell phone to consider getting a hands-free device when they're driving; better yet, they should stay off the line until they get home. We have to avoid accidents as best as we can, and if it means not getting on the phone, then so be it. The safety of others supercedes one's wish to gossip on the line.
It's something to think about....