Nobody’s perfect. Some people drink straight from the juice carton. Some don’t send thank you notes. Others are bad at parking. But however bothersome these things may be, there is one bad habit that is truly inexcusable: texting and driving. Texting and driving is both inconsiderate and irresponsible, and it can put many peoples’ lives in danger. The best way to prevent texting and driving from happening is to educate ourselves and others. Here are five things you didn’t know about texting and driving and the people who do it.
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People who text and drive are horrible drivers
So, maybe you already knew that. But did you know that, according to a AAA study, 65% of texting drivers speed, 44% drive drowsy, and 29% don’t buckle up? Of those who claimed not to text at the wheel, just 31% speed, 14% drive drowsy, and 16% neglect to wear a seat belt. Texting drivers may not have cornered the market on unsafe practices, but they’ve come astonishingly close.
There's an app for that
If you’re among the one in five people who can’t go ten minutes without checking their phone, maybe it’s time to take a more proactive approach to ending the problem of texting and driving. Applications like DriveMode and Live2Txt block the reception and writing of texts. For concerned parents of teenagers, Canary is an app that monitors the traveling speed and cell phone use of teens on the road.
Texting and driving causes hundreds of thousands of crashes each year
According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 341,000 crashes in 2013 involved texting and driving. This is no great wonder; texting and driving is a full 20 times more dangerous than driving without distraction. There’s really no excuse. Except in the case of an emergency, phones should be out of sight of the driver.
Not everybody does it
One common excuse used by young people is that everyone else does it. However, a AAA survey actually found that a majority (54%) of 16- to 17-year-olds don’t text and drive. Peer pressure never was a good excuse, but it’s completely invalid now.
It'll cost you
Texting and driving has been illegal in Idaho since 2012. If you so much as read a text while behind the wheel of a moving car, you could be fined a minimum of $80.
If you or someone you care for has been seriously injured because of another driver’s phone use on the road, you have every right to expect that the damages will be covered. For texting accident victims in Idaho, Hansen Injury Law offers excellent service with compassion and integrity. If you have any questions, please fill out the free consultation form on this page or give us a call at (208) 577-5300.
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