Texting and Driving Warnings

You know you shouldn’t pick it up when you’re driving, but you wonder...

It is so tempting to grab your phone when you hear the “ding” that means you have a text message. You know you shouldn’t pick it up when you’re driving, but you wonder, was it a friend with a dinner invitation? A message from your child, or perhaps your spouse?

Regardless of who is sending the message — are you “dying to find out”? Statistics reported in the journal “Pediatrics” show that texting and driving can be a deadly combination. It’s bad enough when adults do it, but the behavior is especially risky for teenagers. A new survey of teenagers shows almost 50 percent of the responders said they’ve texted while driving. The same survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows teenagers who text and drive are more likely to be involved in other risky behaviors, such as:

  • drinking and driving,
  • getting in a car with a drunk driver or
  • failing to wear a seat belt.

The CDC also reports that younger, inexperienced drivers have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. One group of researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., estimates that texting while driving causes more than 3,000 teen deaths and 300,000 injuries nationwide every year.

Experts say we need to do more to discourage this behavior. Dozens of states, including Kentucky and Indiana, have laws banning texting and driving. They also say parents need to set an example by refusing to text and drive.

For more on this story, go to: http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20130513/NEWS0107/305130313/


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