Texting While Driving

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texting while drivingNo one likes to admit to this, but we all know someone who texts while driving. On that note, read this jolting post that Galdarisimom put up in Advice for Moms. It's about a 3-year-old who almost lost his life because of someone texting while driving. I can't verify the authenticity of the information. But the truth is, even if it is made up, it's something serious to think about.

For moms that have teens on the road, this is an especially critical issue.  It's reported that 66 percent of drivers between 18-24 text while driving when they are alone. This is no small deal. I remember an episode of Dr. Phil on this subject. A teenage boy had killed someone because he was texting while driving. And the reality is, not only did he take that person's life, but he altered his life forever as well. Even more shocking, in Rochester, New York,  five teenage girls were killed in a collision with a tractor trailer only one week after graduation. Why? Texting while driving.

Currently, only two states--Washington and New Jersey--have legally banned the practice, but at least 16 more states are following suit. Texting while driving may seem innocuous in the moment; it just seems so easy to hit someone back while you are on your way to the mall. But this is one of those things where it's just not worth learning the dangers the hard way. Spread the word to teen drivers. I hate to be cliche, but the life they save might be their own.

Do you or your teen text while driving? Why do you think it is so hard to stop? Feel free to post anonymously.


behavior, driving, health, independence, safety, teens