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

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%.


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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17 Comments

1. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

3. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

That is funny and so true.

7. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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,

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

5. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

sad.. but theres a typo. That figures compares to the 2,700 """tens""" that are killed

6. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

8. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

google glass will solve the problem....

9. Cruzan357

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

10. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

12. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 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...

13. moolotovzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

16. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

what about the passengers?

17. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Tough luck, life first.

11. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

14. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

15. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

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