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Texting While Driving

May 31, 2012

Communicating through mobile devices is convenient and fun at times however, sometimes our mobile communication can be deadly.  When someone’s focus is on their phone conversation or texting, reaction time is slowed and can result in injury or loss of life.  In a report by Fox News 25 in Boston, Massachusetts, teen Aaron Deveau, 17 at the time of the incident is on trial accused of making a deadly decision.   Mr. Deveau was texting at the time he was driving and hit another vehicle.  The person in that vehicle later died.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, accounting for 36 percent of all deaths in this age group.  Previous studies have suggested that cell phone use kills and injure thousands of people a year.  According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 “driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of all fatal crashes that means 5,800 people were killed.”  Too many people are dying because the need to talk on cell phones and text.

What can we do?

  • Talk to your teen about the dangers of using a cell phone will driving
  • Give clear instruction not to use cell phones while driving, in the event of an emergency advise your teen to pull over, bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and then make a call.
  • Parents believe that our children learn from our behavior so if you instruct them not to use a cell phone while driving please do the same.  If you lead by example they will learn from you.

Teens choosing to ignore parents instruction regarding the dangers of cell phone can result in death.  Whoever is calling or texting you can wait until you reach your destination. 

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