We have all been informed about the dangers of drunk driving; however, studies have shown that distracted driving can be just as dangerous. While most of us would never get behind the wheel after drinking, all too many teens and adults still text while operating a vehicle.
Sadly, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for over 30,000 deaths every single year.The National Highway Safety Administration released a study that revealed that in 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in car crashes involving a distracted driver. Perhaps we need more focus put on distracted driving as well.
Current laws proclaim texting while driving illegal in most states, but not all; and the penalties vary widely from state to state. You can read about the differing regulations here.
Sometimes it seems tempting to pick up one’s phone and read a message or even send one back; however, it seriously is not worth the consequences. If need be, pull over to a safe place if you must text or read messages. All it takes is that one moment of looking away and, in an instant, someone’s life could be changed forever.
Don’t text and drive. Just don’t do it.