More Dangers of Texting and Driving!

December 6th, 2010 by

Most people wouldn’t drive a moving vehicle while attempting to read the paper or write a paper for school or work on a proposal for work.  Why then are so many people texting while driving?  Texting while driving has become a major concern for America’s teens.  Anytime you take your eyes and attention away from the road you are asking for trouble.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has looked at traffic data from the Fatality Accident Reporting System and texting data from the FCC and CTIA, and — after some hefty number crunching — has come to the conclusion that texting while driving is responsible for accidents that claimed 16,141 lives during the period of 2001 – 2007

Obviously these numbers are staggering but people just don’t seem to get it as they continue to increase each year.  The number of cell phones certainly isn’t going down, so it seems like to combat this problem either technology needs to change or legislation needs to be put in place to prohibit these activities.  Maybe cell phone makers can create phones that can do voice transcription for texting so that you don’t have to physically type your message in on your phone.  My research shows that 30 states so far have adopted rules banning texting while driving, but this is not enough.  The remaining states should follow suite in my opinion.  Not only that, but rules can be broken, so more education is also necessary.

One life is too many to lose to distracted drivers.  Usually a text message can wait until you’re parked, but if it’s an emergency, please pull over to respond.  Safe driving friends!

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