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Written by Jesse Muhammad
I already know when you read the title of this blog you starting smiling and said to yourself “That’s me!”.
Well if you do, don’t feel bad, because you are not alone. A matter of fact, the person typing this blog is as guilty as anyone else. I know. I know. It’s a shame but it can be addictive yet in my research I have found that it can be very dangerous and is an epidemic.
Check this out.
In a 2007 article in the The New York Times there was a 17-year old girl and four of her friends killed in a car crash. The police said it was caused by three factors which included the text messaging. Two minutes before the accident was reported, the driver had sent a text message to one of her friends. Could this have been avoided?
That same year a teen driving study released by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, showed that instant and text messaging while driving leads the list as the biggest distraction while driving for teens.
The results of a AAA survey showed that 46 percent of teens admitted that they text-message while driving.
In a survey released by Nationwide Mutual Insurance of 1,500 drivers, nearly 40 percent of the teenagers and young adults surveyed admitted they send and receive text messages while driving – the same percentage of those questioned who said they have been hit or almost hit by another car whose driver was talking on a cell phone. Whoa.
Now after hearing about all of these things, will it make you stop texting while driving? Probably not. I remember when I saw that California train crash on TV, I vowed I would do better but fell back into doing it within a week. Driving with my knees just to send a reply! Have you ever done that? Can’t wait to get to a stop light!
And on top of texting, I see people reading the funny pages, eating full dinners, doing make-up, and reaching in the backseat…all on the freeway!
Ok so why do you do it? Are you addicted? Is it really that important?