Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Txting while driving :(

Okay, I admit it. I use to text all the time while driving. As a matter of fact it was the only time I hoped for a red light .. to finish that last few characters of the rest of what I had input speeding down a highway. I look back on that and think of how dumb that was. Now, when I hear that sound effect go off - I say "It can wait. Not worth it."

Unless you're living under a rock you probably have seen the months of press surrounding texting while driving. And if you haven’t, well, perk up – statistics don’t lie… and it's pretty scary.

Here are some bullets that pretty much sum it up. Courtesy of Kens5.com.

"***Those who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to get into an

***A report by the National Safety Council found cell phone use leads
to about 1.6 million crashes a year .

***About 200,000 of those
accidents are caused by texting while driving. Studies show teenagers are
especially prone to text and drive."

21 states ban texting while driving and all are likely to hop on board. Parents – what you can do? Take action - no excuses. Install apps. Love this blog from the NY Times’ David Pogue illustrating the array of options available - from disabling texting while over a certain mph to setting up phone parameters entirely. Sure it'll cost you a few bucks and your kid is totally going to be mad at you for a few days but its worth a life and an accident for that matter.

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