If you want to find out something truly interesting today, ask a teenager how many text messages they send per month. What would be your best guess as to how many? I'm willing to share that I thought the number would be a couple hundred per month. Wrong!
During the National Highway Transportation Distracted Driving Forum yesterday, one of the panelists stated that teenage girls average 3952 texts per month, teenage boys approximately 2800 per month. The panelist offered that texting seems to be on a substantial increase while talking minutes appear to remain flat.
This suggests to me that texting while driving is continuing to occur at an alarming rate. For those of you that think it is less dangerous to talk on a cell phone and drive than texting and driving, these numbers should be frightening. Teenagers are texting more and talking less so even though it is not less dangerous to talk on a cell phone than text while driving. Whether teenagers are texting or talking on a cell phone, these behavioral trends must be viewed as reckless and dangerous to society.
Please take a moment to watch the forum from NHTSA online if you get a chance. The information you share with your teenage drivers and their friends may be the information that saves their lives.
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Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer