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Texting & Driving: why it needs to end

by: melanie rapach



texting and driving "is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or making similar use of the web on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle".





texting and driving "is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or making similar use of the web on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle".



what is texting and driving?



-expensive tickets and fines

-the long lasting feeling of guilt

-the possibility getting in an accident

-criminal penalties

-lost driving privileges

-higher insurance premiums

-vehicular manslaughter



what are the consequences of texting and driving?



  • according to www.edgarsnyder.com
  • "-The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • -Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • -1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • -Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • -Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field."



still don't believe texting and driving is serious?



-download an app the prevents you from texting and driving

-turn your phone on "silent" or "do not disturb" while driving

-take the pledge online

-put your phone somewhere out of reach

-donate to foundations

-join groups to end texting and driving

-spread the word! friends are more likely to do something if their friends are doing it too!!

-if you know a friend is driving somewhere to meet up with you, remind them not to text and drive before you meet up

-tell people to stop texting and driving if you are with them while they are doing it




how can you help end texting and driving?

one text isn't worth your life. It can wait!

put an end to texting and driving. spread the word. it can wait.

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