Don’t text and drive

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Many drivers in America are under the impression that texting or talking on the phone while operating a vehicle does not affect their ability to drive.


However, statistics show otherwise.


Statistics confirm close to 11 teenagers die per day as a result of texting while driving, and close to 25 percent of all car accidents are due to texting while operating a vehicle. Statistics also show texting while driving is about six times more likely to cause an accident than driving a vehicle while intoxicated. Yet texting while driving is still legal in many states.


Not only is texting and talking on the phone while driving dangerous for the driver and passengers in a car, it can be fatal to other drivers on the road. For example, one of the first people to be convicted and face charges in Massachusetts due to texting while driving was an 18-year-old man who had a head-on collision with a 55-year-old man. The father of three suffered severe head trauma and died.


A law against texting and talking on the phone while driving should become nationwide. As of today, 39 states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving, but the consequences are so minor they have failed to deter some drivers.


In order to lower the death rate due to texting and talking on the phone while driving, every state needs to create a law against it, and enforce the law with severe consequences.


Justin Layton


Morgantown, W.Va.


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