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One of the newest problems faced on the roadways today is texting while driving. And since texting is somewhat of a new communication style, it is mostly happening among our teens. Teenagers get personal cell phones before getting a license to drive. Because texting is a natural form of communication for them, it is not surprising that they feel comfortable enough to text while they are behind the wheel.

So how does one stop this behavior? First of all, when giving teens their first cell phone, parents need to be clear about cell phone etiquette. For example, if someone is talking to you, it is rude to be texting someone else. If you are in class, it is rude to text over the teacher. If you are in a restaurant, it is rude to talk on the telephone as if you are the only person in the room. And finally, one should never, never, text while driving. This one needs to be repeated up until the time they get their license.

In fact, for new drivers, if their cell phone rings while they are driving, they need to be taught not to answer it. That is what voice mail is for. They need to be taught that if they are expecting an important phone call, the safe and responsible thing to do is to pull over either to a parking lot, or onto the shoulder of the road and take the call.

Cell phones are distracting. They can cause you to run red lights, forget to use turn signals, and not pay attention to a stopped car in front of you. In fact, many police officers equate cell phone car accidents to drunk driving. Reaction time is slower and you are not focused on the road and the traffic around you. For teens, this is even more dangerous because they do not have the years of experience behind them to compensate and make quick choices. If you are texting, you are not even watching the road; you are looking at your phone.

A texting while driving accident should cause one to loose his/her license for at least a year. Parents, educators, youth leaders, please help teach our teens to be more responsible with their cell phones.

Jan Sullivan

The results of the new survey by Nationwide Insurance show there are varying degrees of support for different types of restrictions based on texting and other cellular phone / smart phone use while driving statistics:

8 in 10 drivers support some type of cell phone usage restriction
The majority of respondents say they are supportive of laws restricting any type of cell phone use while driving
80 percent of respondents support a ban on text messaging while driving
80 percent of respondents support a ban on e-mailing while driving
Two thirds (67 percent) of respondents say they are supportive of laws restricting phone calls while driving
Of those who supported enacting some type of cell phone usage restriction, nearly 3 in 4 believed the law should apply to all drivers, not just specific groups

The evidence continues to mount on the significant hazard that texting and driving has become and the impact to the driving and pedestrian population. The ongoing incidence of auto accidents involving serious injury and death where texting behind the wheel is a causal factor has legislatures, law enforcement agencies and the public focused on identifying a solution.

Because of the impacts the issue is receiving similar attention to that of the issue of driving under the influence. In fact, some studies relate distracted driving and its impact on reaction times to DUI. A study by the University of Utah determined that distraction from cell phone use (including texting) while driving extends a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Other research findings on this topic concluded:

The No.1 source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device. (Virginia Tech/NHTSA)
Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
10 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 years old are on their phone at any one time
Driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent  (Carnegie Mellon)

According to a recent survey, 46% of 16- and 17-year-olds admit to text messaging while driving. That’s a frightening statistic, considering AAA found that the risk for a car accident increases by 50% for those who text while driving. Currently, six states have jurisdiction-wide bans on driving while talking on a handheld cell phone, which includes text messaging, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Overall, 18 other states have a texting ban and many other states have introduced legislation to ban this dangerous practice. In fact, a recent survey found 89% of Americans want texting while driving outlawed.


If you have been injured by a driver who was texting at the time of the accident and live in the Gadsden or Birmingham area or anywhere in Alabama, please visit the web site of The Shelnutt Law Firm, P.C. today to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.


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AT&T’s “Txtng & Drving — It Can Wait” campaign urges cell phone users to drive safely by holding off on text messages. At AT&T Business Solutions, we understand that people of all ages and positions in life — from high school students to senior executives — often use texting, mobile email, and other messaging to stay in touch. Please just don’t do so while driving.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to the brave individuals that shared their stories of how texting and driving changed their lives for this documentary. We would also like to thank the organizations that have helped us educate people about the dangers of texting while driving:
CTIA — The Wireless Association –
National Safety Council –
National Organizations for Youth Safety –
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Take out your wireless device. Read the last text message you received out loud. Would reading or responding to that text message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into a car accident or worse? Chances are, the text message could wait.

In today’s 24/7/365 world, staying connected is no longer an option. It’s a necessity. With a tenfold increase in text messaging over the last three years according to CTIA — The Wireless Association, there is no question that texting is increasingly becoming the way many communicate today. And, for many, the allure to quickly read and respond — even from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle — can be tempting. But texting and driving is dangerous.

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In this video Ted covers some incredible texting while driving video clips.

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Liz Marks Texting & Driving Story

This is the story of how my daughter Liz’s car accident from texting while driving has changed our lives forever. If you get a text, don’t look at it while you’re driving. It’s not worth it.

I dont own the rights to this video i just saw it on facebook and decided to upload it to Youtube since i couldnt find it on here. All i know is this footage was taken by a state trooper. Scary to see the dangers of texting while driving.
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