What is the most dangerous thing you could do while driving a car? Texting of course! Texting while driving has caused about 1.6 million crashes. Approximately 330,000 of those 1.6 million people are injured. Not only does it cause injuries it also causes death. In 2013, 3,154 deaths occurred from distracted driving. Ten percent of drivers ages 15 to 19 that were in car crashes admitted to being distracted while behind the wheel. Some people say, “It’s just going to be for one second,” well, that “one second” could cost you your life. Just by simply picking up your phone it can increase your risk of getting in a wreck. Arizona doesn’t have a law for this issue yet, but that still doesn’t make it right.
The fine for a first offense of distracted driving is $76, a second offense is $190. Also, keep in mind that it will be on your driving record. Here’s something to think about, 11 teens die every day as a result of this issue. If you get an email, text, or call, make sure to pull over so no one gets hurt. Although the blame is usually placed on them, teens aren’t the only ones with this problem, the adults are a problem too. About 40% of teens say they’ve been in a car while the driver was distracted. An additional 70% of teens say their parents tell them not to text and drive, yet they do it right before their kids eyes. Before you text and drive, first ask yourself, “Would you want to be responsible for putting someone’s life on the line?”
By Emma Tennent