According to a survey, nearly 43 percent of teens report texting and driving at least once in the past 30 days, reports Sciencedaily.com.
I bet the number is higher. If you are a pedestrian crossing the street is a hazard because of texting drivers.
So is driving.
It seems like the driver of every other car is talking on a cell phone or texting. Texting of course, is scarier since most people have to look to text, but talking on a cell phone is scary enough.
Also, I’m not sure that teens are the only ones texting, perhaps they are the only ones admitting to it.
The U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, calls texting while driving a “national epidemic.” And according to the report, some researches say driving while texting is technically more dangerous than driving while drunk.
So, why aren’t all U.S. states on board with this? We’re all about individual freedom, but there is simply no excuse for texting while driving. It should be against the law in every state.
To learn what the Distracted Driving laws are in your state, see the Governors Highway Safety Association.
To be honest, I’m not even sure the laws are doing much good. Even places where it is illegal, people drive while distracted with talking on cell phones or text messaging.
And parents, speak to your teens and/or consider disabling text messaging from their cell phones if necessary. But first, set a good example: Do YOU talk on your cell (even hands-free is very distracting) or text while driving?
Texting while driving. Don’t be silly. Or stupid.
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