I received this information from a colleague that suggested we pass it on. Discussing Deaths and injuries related to Texting and Driving and Cell Phone use and Driving is now something that unfortunately is part of my daily routine. I'm more certain today than ever before that we have a true epidemic that threatens everyone on our roadways.
In Pennsylvania, a teenage girl who was about to turn 18 was driving her brand new car home when she left the roadway and struck a tree killing herself and injuring a friend in the car.
The average text message takes 4.6 seconds to create. Research indicates that anything taking longer than two (2) seconds while driving can create a dangerous distraction.
The surviving boyfriend advised police that they were approaching a curve in the road when her cell phone buzzed that she had received a new text message. She looked down to read the text message and left the roadway striking a tree.
After giving over 100 presentations to around 15000 teenagers I can assure you one of the most frequent responses to when is it ok to use your cell phone and drive is when the call is from a parent. I tell the teenage drivers that even if your parents tell you to always pick up their call, please don't do it while you are driving. It's just too dangerous.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young girl as well as the boyfriend. All of these folks now live without this young lady who has died for such a senseless reason.
Tell your kids not to use their cell phones while driving even if you're the one on the other end of the phone.
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Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer