Even though we are all aware of the dangers of texting while driving, texting has become one of the most dangerous distractions for our nation's drivers.
Throughout the country there have been numerous fatal accidents involving text messaging.
Martin Goff weighs in:
Many local residents have been affected by the news everyday involving car accidents due to texting while driving. Parents often worry about the safety of their young adults, particularly when they are driving with their friends.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, in 2007, Ohio State reported 236 fatalities involving teen drivers. They also found that two-thirds of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers were in cars with teenage passengers. "It is encouraging that Ohio is doing something to try to prevent teenage driver fatalities," as stated by attorney Martin Goff.
Texting While Driving Stats
Texting While Driving Stats 48% of young Americans from 12-17 say they've been in a car while the driver was texting. 52% of 16 and 17 year old teen drivers admit to making and answering cell phone calls on the road. 34% admit to text messaging while driving. In 2007, driver distractions, such as using a cell phone or text messaging, contributed to nearly 1,000 crashes involving 16 and 17 year old drivers. Texting while driving is about 3 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated (BAC = .08) People who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a car accident.
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