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‘It’s nearly unbearable’
For Matt Logan, the devastation of a single text is very real. His daughter, Deej Logan, was just 3½ miles from home when she picked up her phone to tell a friend about her first day of school on Sept. 4, 2012.
Matt Logan tells the story of that single text over and over again, hoping to keep someone else from texting and driving. It’s a painful experience each time.
“It’s nearly unbearable,” he said. “It’s emotionally exhausting, which creates physical exhaustion. It takes a toll. But I believe it makes a difference.”
He shows the photographs of his unconscious daughter lying on a hospital bed. Her eyes black and blue. Her face swollen. Blood in her hair. Some people look away when he brings out those photos. But they listen. And there’s silence.
Logan also admits that he talks on the phone while driving. “It’s not illegal,” he said.
But he no longer texts and drives.
“If I’m going to be honest, it’s difficult not to,” he said. “We’re so attached to our phones. Our society has trained us so well to be connected to everybody all the time. … You hear your phone go off, and if we’re all honest, it’s difficult not to [pick it up.]”
Mary Lynn Smith • 612-673-4788