I'd like to issue a public statement, and acknowledge to the masses that I'm not the best driver of a motor vehicle on the face of this planet.
If you're thinking you've read those words previously on these same pages, you'd be correct. Maybe not phrased exactly as before, but you understand the sentiment.
I'd also like to issue this reminder -I'm also not the worst driver.
But I do speed.
I have rushed through a yellow light just as it turns red.
I don't always come to a complete stop.
And there are times I don't use my turn signal.
There is one major thing I always do behind the wheel of a vehicle - I buckle up. I strap myself in. I hear that click as part A connects with Part B. I wear my seat belt.
It's a safety thing. After all, many of you are horrible drivers. Let's be honest.
There's something else I am getting a lot better at - NOT using my cell phone while driving.
Many of you need to do the same.
I never have text that much while driving, and 95 percent of the time when I do it's a simple "OK," "yes" or "no" response.
You see, I'm not quick enough with the fingers to wax poetic on my cell, plus I try as much as possible to spell each word correctly, something kids these days can't do - spell.
Now I do use the following: UR, kool, gotta, da, b, and u, among others. Plus I've been known to toss in the ever-popular "lol" and "tbh." But for the most part, I spell out the words and do so correctly.
But now that Ohio has instituted a law against using hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle, I am much more hesitant to pick up the phone.
I can't afford it.
If you think about it, the vast majority of us really don't need a cell phone to survive. It's a handy thing to have, yes, but didn't we get along fine without it?
Most of you reading this remember a world without cell phones. Teenagers have always had them, and none of them really need them. Again, the convenient factor wins out in that argument.
Cell phones make us lazy, don't you think?
Texting is lazier.
For me, I hate to talk on the phone - cell or landline - so texting is great.
Saying all this, I'm letting it be known that I'm going to put down the cell while driving. It's just not worth it.
Sure, there are a million things that could go wrong when one is behind the wheel. Everything is a distraction - from people walking alongside the road, to the car radio blaring a favorite song, to have a conversation with your passenger.
Why should we add the cell phone to the mix?
I hope I don't sound like an "After School Special." (Anyone out there remember those?)
The message I'm trying to delivery is a simple one - just to be careful.
Be alert. Be aware of your surroundings.
Do I think that guy with the Bluetooth really needs it affixed to his ear 24-7? Of course not. Honestly, it looks silly. Plus, you're NOT that important.
But it allows him two free hands on the steering wheel.
Put that cell in your pocket. Place it in your purse. Just make sure it's on silent when you're in church.
(Jim Mackey is managing editor of The Review. Reach him at email@example.com)