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PSA: So, you think you can text and drive..

There are two things my oldest daughter (almost 14) reminds me of daily:

  1. She “needs” a cell phone, like, yesterday (WITH texting, thank you very much).
  2. She will be driving next year.

There are few things in this world that terrify me more than the thought of one of my beautiful girls having a momentary lapse in good judgement that will end in a tragedy like this (warning…video below is most definitely graphic, bear in mind it is a recreation, however, it was produced by the Gwent police department in Wales, England who see these kinds of accidents with frightening regularity):

(YouTube has been removing this video repeatedly because of it’s graphic nature. That is why I simply uploaded to my site – don’t want it disappearing any time soon. Ironically, if anyone ever actually gets into a really bad accident like the one depicted above, it’s going to be way more graphic than what the special-effects team created there. I mean, waaaaaay more graphic. Compound fractures, the works.)

Texting and driving.  Here are some facts from a couple of recent studies:

  1. You increase your risk of serious accident by 23% when you text while driving.
  2. An experiment this year with Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman revealed that texting while driving had more of a negative impact on driver safety than being drunk:
    -Unimpaired:  .54 seconds to brake
    -Legally drunk:  .54 seconds PLUS 4 feet to brake
    -Reading e-mail:  .54 seconds PLUS 36 feet to brake
    -Sending a text:  .54 seconds PLUS 70 feet to brake
  3. Despite the acknowledgement of the dangers of texting behind the wheel, about half of drivers 16 to 24 say they have texted while driving, compared with 22 percent of drivers 35 to 44.

It’s something to seriously consider.

Texting while driving worse than DUI?
Ban on texting while driving to be discussed Thursday
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Texting And Driving Worse Than Drinking and Driving

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