Let’s all be safe. Don’t Text and Drive.

07/22/2015 lswaney

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 texttexting driving 4

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:

  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012.
  • 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times. (VTTI)

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.

  • Pull off the road in a safe spot before you use your cell phone, GPS or any other mobile device.
  • Plan your trip in advance – program GPS systems, satellite radios, pre-set radio stations and climate controls etc., before you begin driving.
  • Where possible, ask a passenger to help you in activities that may be distracting.
  •  Review maps before hitting the road.

  • Education is key to making drivers more aware of their responsibilities when behind the wheel.

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.

Amber Person




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