The author of the study, Dr. Andrew Adesman, Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, told the broadcast network that laws prohibiting texting and driving are not proving to be effective. 57% of all boys surveyed said that they text while driving even in states where it is against the law. 59% said that they sent out an SMS message while driving in states without such laws. CBS News reporter Carolyn Gusoff said that half of all high school students surveyed said that they have texted while operating their motor vehicle.
In order to fully make teenagers aware of the dangers of texting and driving, some schools are offering classes that discuss the dangers of sending and receiving SMS messages while behind the wheel, while other have had simulators built so that teens can experience first hand how dangerous this really is. U.S.lawmakers are trying to raise the fines associated with this action while in the U.K., those caught texting while driving will face a £90 fine ($138 USD) which is an increase of 50%.
"With both texting and hand-held use of mobile phones at the wheel causing more impairment than being at the drink-drive limit or under the influence of cannabis, the police need to target the large number of motorists continuing to flout the law."-Professor Stephen Glaister, director,RAC Foundation
Studies show that a person who is driving while texting is 23 more times likely to end up in an accident than a driver who refrains from such action. Texting causes a driver to lose 79% of his or her focus. And by the way, the picture we've used as the thumbnail image for this story is the actual last text from 22 year old Alexander Heit, who was killed in an accident just as he was writing this text message. You should get the chills from hearing that.
source: RedOrbit, WCBS via Textually.org