Is a text worth your priceless life?

By: Dakota Gillespie

According to DrivingWhileTextingAccidents.com, “in the United States more than 9 people are killed every day and more than 1,060 people are injured in daily recorded crashes. Distracted driving is one common cause as many people behind the wheel do other activity that keeps their focus away from driving, resulting in vehicular accidents.”mr t

AT&T has even developed a program to help prevent texting and driving. The program simply asks of you to pledge to not text while driving. The official slogan for this program is “It can wait” because no text is worth your life.

Another piece of valuable information from AT&T’s website ATT.com, is those who send texts while driving are more likely to be in a crash.

Fox4KC.com says, “Cell phone carriers and law enforcement have been trying to get the message out that whether it’s reading a text or looking at email, it’s all the same. It means taking your eyes off the road. And troopers say that will get you killed. [One officer] says it’s not a matter of if, but when.”

Deaths caused by texting while driving have captured the attention of some citizens, yet have failed to do so with others. What could possibly make any human value a text message more than their own life?

According to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center, texting and driving is now the leading cause of death in teenagers, surpassing the death rate set forth by drinking and driving.

Disturbing statistics from the report include: More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving. Approximately 2,700 teens are killed in drunk driving accidents. More than 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving.Untitled

You could save not only your life, but also the passengers that ride with you, the people that drive around you, and not to mention that you set an example for those who will be driving in the future. You don’t want to communicate the idea that you can text and drive, so why can’t they?

Take the pledge or even make your own pledge to not text and drive. For more information on how you can help save others from the tragedy that has often been caused by texting and driving, visit AT&T.com, ItCanWait.com, and other organizations that have sacrificed their time to stop this from happening.untitled i

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