Texting and Driving Riskier than DUI

A new study has revealed that more teens are dying from texting and driving than from drinking and driving.  While 2,700 young people die each year from drinking and driving, new research suggests that more than 3,000 teen deaths nationwide are the result of texting and driving.  The study found that, “Fifty percent of high school students acknowledge texting while driving,”

Additional statistics also revealed that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, are the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.  30% of teen driver deaths occur during this time period.  As the current trend sits there will be roughly 1.3 million traffic accidents nationwide due to texting while driving this year.  Drivers who are using cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get into an accident. The average text takes 4.6 seconds to send or receive.  In 4.6 seconds, the average vehicle, traveling 55 mph, can travel the length of a football field.

These alarming statistics have resulted in new laws.  Florida has just joined 40 other states that bans texting for motorists.  Effective October 1st, 2013 Florida’s new statute goes into effect and will involve both civil and criminal penalties.  However, knowing the danger will prevent more injuries and deaths than any law ever will.  It is critical to know the danger and educate you children, friends, and family of the danger.  The good news is these risks are totally preventable if we each take some responsibility.

As an an personal injury attorney dealing with traffic accidents in Tampa, Florida for over 17 years, I have seen an increase in car accidents due to distracted drivers texting while driving.

I am including a link to a video from 2009.  It is a Public Service Announcement from England.  It is dramatic, and will definitely have a certain “shock” value.  Show it to your teen driver and talk with them about the dangers of texting while driving.


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