Teen texting while driving

  • Friday, July 11, 2014

The SC Legislature has numerous issues that need attention in South Carolina. the 2014 SC legislative session is shaping up to be an interesting one, with several high-profile issues on the table.

One of those issues is Teen Texting While Driving. Texting is a relative new trend and teens are certainly taking advantage of the new phenomenon; however, there is a right and wrong way to approach any situation. There are numerous reasons why a teen should not text and drive.

First, texting while driving is a huge distraction. Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) states, “Putting the brakes on the distracted driving epidemic will require both dedication and creative thinking, and the FCC is committed to doing its part to address this growing crisis.”

Driving a vehicle is a huge responsibility, one that should be taken very seriously. While driving the mind should be free of everything else. The mind should be driving and driving only.

If a person is driving and texting at the same time, one subject is stronger than the other. Meaning something is going lacking and most times it is the road and that is not good.

When driving, the driver has to stay focused on ;the road just like when studying for a test. If you are studying for a test and your mind is someplace else, not being focused will show up in your grade on the test. The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences.

The FCC now knows that mobile communications are liked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. While driving, stay focused on the road, let nothing distract you in any way.

Secondly, this distraction of texting while driving causes accidents. The statistics were disturbing and enlightened me.

This is what a Pew and other agencies surveyed stated, “The National Highway Traffice Safety Administration reported that in 2010 driver distraction was the cause of the 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,092 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 416,000 people wounded.

Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 time worse than driving while not distracted. Eleven percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted that they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed.”

It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that texting and driving is dangerous. In 2014 plenty people continue to do it.

And even after all of the statistics available and the disturbing stories printed about tragic car accidents happening as a direct result of distracted driving, teens and adults are still texting at the wheel.

I truly hope the legislature will pass a law forbidding texting while driving and that it is enforced in South Carolina and all over the world.

It is time for a change; people have turned something good into something horrible that takes lives. Stop texting while driving and stay focused on the road!

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