Put the phone down while driving
The facts about texting and driving are overwhelming but some people just can’t put that cell phone down.
Texting while driving causes more than 1.6 million vehicle accidents and 330,000 injuries per year, kills 11 teens every day and is the cause of nearly 25 percent of all accidents.
Texting while driving is about six times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. It is the No. 1 driving distraction reported by teen drivers.
What did we do in the car without a cell phone? We adjusted the radio, pushed in the cigarette lighter and tried to find that cassette of our favorite band.
Distractions have always been there in a car but texting or even just holding a cell phone has taken it to new levels.
If you are driving at 55 mph and look down for five seconds to dial a phone number or look at or send a text, you just traveled the length of a football field without even knowing what was there.
Try texting and walking. If that is difficult, why do people text and drive?
West Virginia has had bans on texting and driving for two years and another law banning all but hands-free cell phone calls for a year.
Ohio has banned texting and driving. Novice drivers under the age of 18 are banned from using a cell phone while they are driving, both texting and talking.
There are fines that can be levied in both states for cell phone violations.
But law enforcement in West Virginia doesn’t see the laws as being a deterrent.
We as a society have become addicted to our cell phone. It is always at our side, even putting it on the nightstand before going to bed.
A driver is 23 times more likely being in a wreck when talking on a cell phone or texting.
It is the law but drivers ignore it. They know they face a fine, but ignore it. Chances of being in a wreck greatly increases by texting and talking but it is again ignored.
Put down the phone while behind the wheel. The life you take may be someone else’s.