Friends Dont Let Friends, Text and Drive!

 Since June is National Safety Month today’s blog is on a very controversial issue— Texting and Driving. Before you text and drive today, you may want to read this. In many states texting and driving are illegal and if caught it could cost you over $50.(and thats getting off cheap!) Remember when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle you are not only responsible for your life but also others on the road!
Reckless driving can be punished with a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. Texting provides users with on demand information from their friends and family members. It’s no wonder it’s gained such widespread popularity, especially among teenagers. But teens aren’t the only ones texting. Adults are guilty of checking their email, tweeting, and setting appointments on their blackberry or iPhone’s calendar. These actions have resulted in dangerous and reckless driving behaviour. So much so, that many cities have banned texting while driving and the United Kingdom has taken especially aggressive measures towards texters. Here are some statistics as to why texting is so dangerous: * When a driver texts while driving, his reaction time will decrease by 35% * When texting, steering capability goes down by a tremendous amount; 91%. * A driver is twenty three times more likely to get into a car accident while driving and texting. * Drivers are also six times as likely to get into a car accident while dialing a number into their cellular devices. This recklessness has caused numerous car accidents and death related incidents in the driving age group of 16-20, the largest texting demographic. Not to mention that teens that age are already more prone to crash even without texting, when on the road, these teens are dangerous to everyone else on the road; pedestrian and driver alike. This negligence may cause you or your loved ones to be injured on the road.
-Denea Duran
Photo Credit: kdtoptometry.com Content Credit: http://textinganddrivingstatistics.com/

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