October 6, 2013
Texting and Driving leads to other forms of wreck less driving
You might want to think twice and buckle up before getting in a car with someone that texts and drives.
Texting and driving has become more of a habit than driving under the influence, which has slightly declined in the last year.
Eleven percent of drivers ages 15-19 in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted. Since January of 2009, 14 states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving and many senators have tried passing a bill that would ban texting and driving nationwide.
The state Senate of Sacramento passed a bill, April 22 that banned texting to drivers under the ages of 18. In an effort, to stop text messaging while driving, the bill also added an outlaw of voice-operated and hands-free devices while driving.
Texting while driving emerged as a serious crime in the United States at charges reaching the potential risk of “gross vehicular manslaughter.” A teenager driving and texting with another passenger in the car doubles the chance of distraction in an accident. Texting while driving kills eleven teens each day, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
According to a recent Harris Interactive poll found that 90 percent of American adults believe texting while driving is “distracting, dangerous and should be outlawed.” States have imposed stricter laws on texting and driving under the form of negligence. If a victim encounters injury or death, drivers are charged with fines up to $10,000 and face 15 years in jail. Teenagers who admit to texting while driving are more likely to drink under the influence and drive recklessly.
Over 60 percent of American teens admit to risky driving and nearly half of those admit to texting behind the wheel. Approximately, 23 percent of all car accidents each year involve mobile phone use, which includes an estimate of 1.3 million car crashes, according to the Harris Interactive poll.
Teenagers are not the only ones at risk. Adults are also at risk of text messaging while driving. In a new 2009 survey report by AT&T, “It Can Wait” campaign says, half of adults admitted to texting while driving, compared to a smaller number of teens. Approximately, 49 percent of adults say they have sent a text while driving and 98 percent of the participants said they know the it is not safe.
Texting and driving has reached a vast public awareness with the support of the “It Can Wait” AT&T campaign. The campaign shows TV ads of the injuries from fatal accidents and the victims of family members who were killed from driver’s text messaging while behind the wheel. However, the problem has gotten worse and texting has become more of a habit then merely a mistake.
Drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than other drivers who are not distracted, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Recent studies have shown that teens using text-messaging devices, pass speed limits and weave in between lanes. According to a Nielsen study, average teenagers send 2,899 texts per month.
Injuries and fatal accidents among teenagers who text while driving has significantly increased as mobile technology continues to increase. It takes just one minute to seconds to lose sight of the road as much as the amount of time it takes to read a text.
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