Is a simple text worth a life?

Gabrielle B

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Many people don’t believe texting while driving is dangerous, and they think they can get away with it. People now and days are conditioned to respond to a notification that pops up on our phones, which becomes a big problem behind the wheel. Approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in the United States in incidents reported as involving a distracted driver. During daylight hours across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Handheld cell phone use continues to be highest among 16-24 year old drivers. The solutions are fairly simple, we just have to actually obey and use them. Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death. No one should text and drive. Be an example for others and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your kids’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents. Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but a number of states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving.