Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Texting While Driving Can Have Deadly Results

The obsession with texting that is rampant in teen-agers and young adults has a deadly downside. When someone gets behind the wheel of a car and can't stop texting, it can change or even end their life. 

Statistics show that someone who texts while driving is 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident that someone who doesn't. This is on par with the accident rates of drunk drivers, but many texting accidents are more horrific. The drunk driver, while impaired, still has his or her eyes on the road ahead, while texters are staring at their phones for 3, 4 or 5 seconds, not looking at the road at all. A vehicle can travel the length of a football field in that time, and has not reduced its speed at all. The result is much deadlier, whether it's a tree, guard rail or another vehicle that they collide with.

AT&T has begun a "Txtng & Drivng Campaign" which urges drivers to refrain from texting while driving. It can -- and does -- happen to anyone. Just a few words of text on a screen can mean suffering and death for many young people.

Just putting the phone away while driving could save your life, and someone else's, too.