If you use a cell phone, chances are you’re aware of “text messaging”-brief messages limited to 160 characters that can be sent or received on all modern mobile phones. Undoubtedly, more than a few of those messages are being sent by people driving cars. Today, more and more often, we see other drivers being distracted by their phones while behind the wheel. This is becoming an increasingly bigger problem on the roads.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released polling data that show that 87% of people consider texting and e-mailing while driving a “very serious” safety threat, almost equivalent to the 90% of those polled who consider drunk driving a threat. Despite the acknowledgement of the dangers of texting behind the wheel, about half of drivers 16 to 24 say they have texted while driving.
The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million automobile crashes each year. It is never worth the pain and trouble of dealing with a car accident, personal injury, or death due to texting while driving. Be safe and wait until you are not driving to answer that call or read that text.
With all the travel involved during the holiday season, John Foy and Associates would like to remind you of the dangers of texting while driving and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.