By Julia Catalano
According to The National Safety Council, 1.6 million car accidents per year are caused due to illegal cell phone use.
According to the internet’s texting and distracted driving info graphic, in 2011, at least 23 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes in one year. Other activities that increase the risk of crashes are dialing, talking or listening on the cell phone.
Although texting and driving exists in all age groups, young adults break this law the most. Statistics show that 77 percent of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving. 55 percent of young adult drivers claim it’s easy to text while driving.
“I always see people texting and driving on campus especially at the stop lights near Nicholls Road. Not only do I witness texting and driving on campus but even when students are crossing the streets they are texting, so that’s dangerous too. People will walk right into traffic if it means texting someone back as soon as possible, it’s crazy,” said Ammerman student Paige Hanson, 20 years old.
“I’ll admit that I’ve texted and driving before. I used to think it was okay because I’d hold the phone on top of the steering wheel, but I realize now it’s a little ridiculous. Those commercials and public service announcements on TV, is what finally got me to realize the seriousness of texting and driving. No text is worth a death, and it can 100% wait,” said student Debbie Cevallos, 19 years old.
It’s not only texting and driving that can cause a problem, one in every five drivers of all ages confessed to surfing the web while driving. Social networking, phone calls, even using Siri can cause accidents and is still illegal. But what can be done about this? Technology for parents does exist such as drive cams, which monitors a driver’s activity and provides real-time feedback video. AT&T also provides a free anti-texting drive mode app for Android and Blackberry.
Teens and parents can take the text-free-driving pledge at textinganddrivingsafety.com