Using a cell phone while driving is large problem for drivers, but especially for teen drivers because they are so accustomed to using their phones practically 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. And frankly teens are much more technology savvy than those who are maybe 30 or 35 years old than them.
According to the National Center of Health Statistics, Car Crashes were the number 1 cause of death among young adults ages 15 to 20 in 2009. According to Harris Interactive; only 43% of teen drivers between the age of 16 and 17 say they have NEVER texted while driving, 76% of teen drivers ages 14-17 agree that drivers who text and drive put themselves and others at risk and 93% believe that a crash is inevitable for drivers who text behind the wheel.
Luckily, there are organizations looking to combat the practice. For example Texting Organization Against Distracted Driving, (TOADD), Inc addresses the concerns about the challenges being faced in this fast paced wireless society, through innovative workshops, special events and speaking engagements.
The Distracted Driving Foundation is looking to create technology in all phones that blocks display-intensive uses of moving phones held by drivers.
My friends, more than ever, teens are dying behind the wheel distracted on their phones.
Remember the phrase “Any last words?” Well get ready to coin the phrase “Any last texts?”
Texting while driving is no joke. Thousands of these teens are causing accidents, many times being fatal. It’s completely understandable why we feel the need to be one our phones; when we practically use them everyday and they are almost fused to our bodies. But heed my words: Your life is far more valuable than a simple text.
Luckily there are ways we can curb this as a community, but we have to be willing to make the sacrifices necessary. When a driver gets in an accident with another vehicle, the police should be able to go through their phone record to see whether or not it was in use prior to the collision and if the evidence proves so then that can be added to the offenses brought upon the driver and so their insurgence company can be notified.
The most important thing we can do is bring awareness, raise the bar, and set an example by abiding by the rules. Whether that means missing an important call or putting it on speaker so you can focused on the road, ready to make an important decision in a moments notice. When you’re messaging someone or more commonly, “snap-chatting” someone and you see that they are driving, tell them to message you when the aren’t behind the wheel.
It sure seems monotonous, but one of the most noble things you can do is put others safety as a high priority because there are people that love you and want to see you grow up and live a full life!
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