Texting and Driving Leading Cause of Teen Automobile Deaths

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Geek Smack: Texting and Driving – Lead Cause of Teen Driving Deaths

Don’ and drive. I can say that until I’m but people will do it. I watched a driver weave back and forth yesterday – when I passed them by I watched as this person was fumbling around their cell phone. This person wasn’t even a teen!

Now a national survey shows that about 44% of teenagers admitted to texting and driving. Those teenagers reported texting and driving at least once in the previous month. Compared to teens who aren’t texting and driving, those who are were more likely to not use a seatbelt, drink and drive and take a ride from someone who’s been drinking.

The number of teens who died or were injured as a result of texting while driving has skyrocketed. Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park estimates more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries.

If you are a teen, you probably heard the stories. I HAVE those stories. The ones where your parents would (as teens with drivers license) barreled down a road at 70 MPH and no seat belt. At the time, it was easy and there was no seatbelt law to be found. I also have stories where I texted and drove – it was easy at the time because I memorized the keyboard and used the raised keyboard as a guide. I didn’t even have to look at the phone.

That is not the case anymore. We are trying to be safer drivers. I have a hands-free unit that – if I cannot get my phone to do it through the unit – I don’t do anything with the phone. The hands free unit helps me make phone calls, text and even tweet out messages without touching the phone. At least, if Siri complies…

There are so many technologies now that try to stop a teen (or an adult) from doing this dangerous distraction. But the biggest way to get them to stop is to teach them not to do it. Teach them its about their lives and its about the lives of the people they put in danger. Let’s stay safe out there.

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