No longer is it a rare occurrence for a teen to have a cell phone. It’s actually the opposite.Teens having cell phones is very common. They use there phone’s all the time no matter what they are doing: Walking, talking and yes, driving, does not hinder most teens from using their cell phones. It does however hinder the other things they are doing. What is a growing concern is teens texting and driving. While this is not a teen issue alone it is a wide occurrence among teens.
If you aren’t concerned then maybe here’s reason to change your mind.
According to the Washington Post,
“The administration (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) said that 5,870 people died and about 515,000 were injured last year in accidents attributed to distracted driving. Twice as many fatalities, 11,773, were attributed to drunken driving.”
Is it scary to think that texting while driving is almost as big a killer as drunk driving?
Most teens think that they are smart enough to know when it is safe to text and drive but the grim reality
is shown in the number of deaths caused each year. It is simply not smart or safe to text and drive at the same time.
It is becoming a National issue and is being addressed by the state and federal governments.
President Obama released an Executive Order stating that federal employees are now banned
from texting and driving. Even though this ban is limited to government owned vehicles it is
Strongly encouraged through out the directive that federal employees set the standard.
Several states are banning drivers from texting while driving and the list is growing:
- Guam (U.S. Territory)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- Georgia passed it’s ban last week.
If you don’t see your state or a loved one’s state listed you can contact your state’s office of congress and see what you can do to get a bill passed in that state.
Oprah Winfrey has a pledge you can sign called “ No Phone Zone”
This is where you make a promise to not use your phone while driving.
Current pledges to date 155113
If you would like to be a part of this you can by clicking this link
Oprah’s No Phone Zone
Hollywood is beginning to address this issue as well.
Will Smith’s movie “Seven Pounds” is one instance of showing how lives can be destroyed from
texting and driving.
The fines are increasing and the penalties are getting pretty steep. In some states two offenses can mean a suspended license.