Texting and Driving

A Virginia Company announced on Sept. 18, it is developing a radar gun that detects drivers who text and will utilize it in the hopes of decreasing the number of teens who text and drive.

People have always known that texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things you could do while behind the wheel, but that doesn’t stop them from doing it. Some states have made texting while driving against the law, and even that doesn’t decrease the number of teens who take part in the activity, or the number or accidents or deaths that result from a driver who was distracted on the road by their cell phone.

Radford University freshman Marissa Momchilov agrees that the radar gun would be more useful in trying to decrease the number of teens who text and drive, but even said so she still texts and drives. “I text and drive, but one words occasionally” Momchilov explains.

A study from December 2012 says that one-fourth of teenagers respond to at least one text every time they drive, according to distraction.gov.

“Siri can now read and respond to texts for you so it kinda helps the whole paying attention to the road,” said Radford University senior Carrie Birkett.

According to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration in 2012, 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents report having multi-message text conversations while driving.

Birkett talks about other preventative measures need to be taken in order for the population of teens who text and drive to diminish. “I think there could be some things that car makers could do to have a system that locks the phone. I think it’s really good that a lot of celebrities have been devoting time to project #x. That way people send that to their friends and they know not to text,” said Birkett.

Several campaigns have been created by celebrities who are trying to stop texting and driving, such as Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone” movement and most recently, project #x.

As the years go by, individuals become increasingly aware of the dangers of texting while driving. It is a major distraction to driving; innocent people get hurt in the process.

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