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Texting while driving now the leading cause of teen death in the U.S.

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Texting while driving now the leading cause of teen death in the U.S.
Drunk driving has been replaced and texting while driving is now the leading cause of teen death in the U.S. A study conducted by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York shows that more than 3,000 teens die each year as a result of sending SMS messages while operating a vehicle. That figures compares to the 2,700 teens that are killed each year as a result of drunk driving, a figure reported Thursday by CBS News.

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%.

'The reality is kids aren’t drinking seven days per week — they are carrying their phones and texting seven days per week, so you intuitively know this a more common occurrence."-Dr Andrew Adesman, Chief Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cohen Children’s Medical Center

"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

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posted on 11 May 2013, 15:13 7

1. imkyle (Posts: 1013; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Tweeting you are driving home is so not worth flipping your car over and putting other people in danger.

posted on 11 May 2013, 15:17 17

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


See!!! Big phones do have a benefit. It's freaking impossible to do anything with one hand when you own a Note 2.

posted on 11 May 2013, 15:30 6

3. lallolu (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


That is funny and so true.

posted on 11 May 2013, 17:43 9

7. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I understand,, I use my Note II with one hand, but mostly with two
but it doesn't matter which phone you have,
calling or texting while driving is dangerous,

posted on 11 May 2013, 15:40 1

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Developers makes apps to make texting or calling easier while driving via voice commands...which i think adds up to the same result- distraction.
Why not make an app that shuts the whole phone down while the user is in the car itself (no compromises)? I know it means sacrificing some important calls but they can make some few particular numbers that can bypass the off mode. Should be safe i presume.

posted on 11 May 2013, 15:42

5. Katrina (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


sad.. but theres a typo.

That figures compares to the 2,700 """tens""" that are killed

posted on 11 May 2013, 16:21

6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


"K. I'm omw home, right now. I'll txt u when I get........................."

posted on 11 May 2013, 19:54 2

8. techloverNYC (Posts: 419; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


google glass will solve the problem....

posted on 11 May 2013, 19:54

9. Cruzan357 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


First off I am not saying texting and driving is ok but I always wonder why they have to misrepresent the facts. In the same article that says texting and driving is the leading cause this line is pretty interesting.

CBS News Article - Study shows disturbing reality of texting while driving
"The survey alarmed the research team because of evidence that distracted driving - including texting - is now the leading single cause of teenage fatalities."

So the research team is talking about distracted driving but for the rest of that article and all the other articles quoting that study attribute that entire number to texting while driving.

posted on 11 May 2013, 19:55 1

10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 984; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i think car manufacturers should make cars so that they block signal when the car is on or is moving
that would be a great idea

posted on 11 May 2013, 23:02

12. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That would be peror one several issues. One self entitled people that don't give a Foxtrot Delta would not like it. Also jammers are illegal and can only be used by FED or MIL GOV. Even if they authorized the usage, people would shout 1984 by George Orwell...

posted on 12 May 2013, 04:11

13. moolotovzz (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Dont you think that people should be more responsible while operating vehicles? car manufacturers have nothing to do with it :P

posted on 12 May 2013, 14:01

16. Diazene (Posts: 127; Member since: 01 May 2013)


what about the passengers?

posted on 12 May 2013, 20:58

17. Cellphonator12 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Tough luck, life first.

posted on 11 May 2013, 22:57

11. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's not only teenagers that do that. I have seen adults, police officers, state police, and such SMS when operating a light or heavy vehicle.

posted on 12 May 2013, 04:53 1

14. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I thought the leading cause of teen death is plain stupidity.. i guess i'm wrong..

posted on 12 May 2013, 10:52

15. Daftama (Posts: 566; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Its sad we know the reality of it and yet we choose to deny it..Zachary Hisham

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