According to statistics for 2008, each day approximately 800,000 American used their cell phone to either text or call while driving. Additionally, about 6,000 Americans lose their life each year in fatal auto accidents, and 21 percent of such accidents involve teen agers ranging in age from 16 to 19 years who are using a cell phone at the time of the accident.
However, teen agers are not the only ones involved in fatal car crashes due to texting. Unfortunately, statistics also indicate that up to half of all drivers in the age group of 18 to 24 report texting while driving. In view of the many lives lost each year unnecessarily due to cell phone usage, itâ€™s important to consider the dangers and consequences of texting while driving.
- Texting while driving is a distraction. It only takes a split second to have an accident. Consider how you would feel if you were responsible for a fatal accident due to texting. Would you want to have that on your conscious for the rest of your life?
- Consider the effects of one fatal accident on others. Would you want to be responsible for taking away a childâ€™s mother or father? That child would feel the effects of losing a parent for the rest of his life.
- Â Accidents only happen to others. Teen agers have made the comment: â€œItâ€™s fun to text while drivingâ€ and â€œeveryone else is doing it.â€ They feel that they could never be involved in a fatal car crash. Unfortunately, when it does happen to them, it is too late to do anything about it.
- Consider the legal consequences. Another reason to avoid texting while driving is that a person responsible for a fatal accident could end up in jail due to negligence. Is that how you would want to spend the rest of your life, or any portion of it?
- Texting while driving reflects a lack of appreciation for life.Â Â The person would endanger not only his life, but also other peopleâ€™s lives. Itâ€™s unfair for a person whoâ€™s driving safely to lose his life or a loved one due to unnecessary cell phone usage.
Donâ€™t become a statistic. Avoid texting while driving, and show appreciation for your own life as well as for the lives of other drivers on the road.
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