Texting has become one of the most commonly used forms of communication in the twenty-first century. In fact, the Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA) reveals, “As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text
messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month.” Since texting is such a huge part of our culture, it’s not surprising that people want to text anywhere and at any time – including in a vehicle while they’re driving! Unfortunately, this “trend” has resulted in thousands of serious injuries and fatalities cross the country, including in Georgia and Alabama. Both states’ driving laws prohibits texting by all drivers of all ages.
Texting while driving is a form of distracted driving that diminishes the ability for the driver to fully pay attention to the road, which can be a great hazard to not only the driver but other drivers nearby. The following is a list of relevant statistics regarding texting and driving:
It may be difficult at times to possess the willpower needed to sustain full focus on the road while driving. However, it is not impossible. In fact, below are some recommendations that can help to make it possible to NOT text and drive or participate in any other types of distracted driving.
The last recommendation is very important, especially for new and younger drivers. Parents, it’s especially necessary to make sure your child is aware of the risks and dangers of texting while driving, while also providing suggestions to them on how to avoid such situations. Be an example for them by making sure to not engage in distracted driving behaviors, especially while they’re in the vehicle with you.
Let’s all be safe and responsible on the road. Don’t Text and Drive.