Texting and Driving

Della G

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When a driver chooses to text and drive, they are not only risking their own lives they are risking the lives of everyone around them. Despite this fact, 49% of commuters admit to having texted and driven before. 75% of teen drivers say that texting and driving is common among their peers. This is a startling statistic considering that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in teenagers. This is why education on distracted driving is critical, especially in young people. If people are informed about what they are risking when they choose to pick up their phones while driving, not only for themselves but for the people around them, there would be less distracted driving and therefore fewer accidents. 78% of teens are less likely to text and drive if their peers tell them that it is wrong. If teens are educated from the start, they will be able to educate their peers about the dangers of texting and driving. Educating the younger generations about distracted driving will drastically reduce the number of accidents related to it.