Unfortunately, texting-and-driving has surpassed drunk-driving as the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers. Over 3,000 lose their lives each year in texting-and-driving accidents, compared to 2,700 per year in drunk-driving accidents. Despite some surveys’ claims that texting while driving is becoming less “socially acceptable” among teenagers, over 50% have admitted to doing so regularly, and this is rather alarming for many obvious reasons; the most important may be that, as studies have shown, the risk of a car accident is twenty-three times greater for those who text while driving. What’s equally alarming is that 80% of adults have also been guilty (at least once), and the regular fifty-percent rate of texting drivers is the same among adults as teenagers!
There is an oft-quoted “two-second rule” in driving, which allows for a 2-second gap between a driver and the car in front of him/her. The problem here, of course, is that the average time it takes to receive or send a text, about 4.6 seconds, is more than twice as long. A car can move the length of a football field in this time; even a split second of distraction can have devastating consequences.
For the safety of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the road, these statistics should be known to help keep the use of phones while driving to an absolute minimum, and texting while driving should be discouraged at every available opportunity.
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