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Overcoming the dangerous habit of texting while driving

A surprising number of Pennsylvania drivers can be seen texting while driving. Many seem to believe they are fully capable of managing a virtual conversation while simultaneously navigating their vehicle between road hazards and other drivers, all while following the many rules of the road. On the contrary, this dangerous behavior instantly puts the lives of not only the texting driver, but his or her passengers and all other motorists at risk. 

The Huffington Post reports that every year, over 3000 teenagers are the victims of car accidents where texting and driving were involved. This shocking statistic means approximately 8 people fall victim to a texting and driving accident on any given day. 

According to bryantx.gov, there are several reasons why choosing to text and drive is a poor decision. These include the following:

  • Statistics show that people who text and drive at the same time spend nearly 10% of the time weaving outside of their designated travel lane. 
  • People who are texting while driving have to take their eyes off of the road in front of them for a minimum of 5 seconds. While seemingly minuscule, this fraction of time can cover the length of a football field if a driver is traveling 55 mph.
  • Texting and driving is breaking the law in many states and can result in costly consequences, fines and penalties.

Another compelling reason why people should not text and drive is so they can show a positive example to other drivers, especially those who are younger and new to the road. When parents take the initiative to educate their children and follow-through by setting a positive example, their children are much less likely to text and drive. 

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