The consequences of texting and driving

Texting and driving can be a dangerous thing. By now, this has been made known to almost everyone. For some reason there are still people who do it.

Is a text really that important that it can’t wait until you are stopped?

A lot of the texting and driving comes from teens. Teens like to think that they can do more than they are actually capable of doing. Multitasking is something all teens think they are great at. The truth is, it only causes more injuries. Thirteen percent of teens that are involved in a collision said it involved their cell phone.

Thirty four percent of teens say they have texted while driving. Fifty two percent say they have talked their cell phone while driving. 82 percent of all teens own a cell phone. Seventy seven percent say they are very or somewhat confident they can safely text while driving. 55 percent say it’s easy to text while driving.

This just proves that a lot of teens multitask or have the temptation to while driving. Teens who text while driving spend 100 percent of that time outside of their lane. That is scary. Something has to be done to change this.

Sadly it’s not just teens. Adults do it too. Forty eight percent of young drivers have seen their parents on the phone while driving and 15 percent have seen their parents texting. Forty eight percent of kids ages 12-17 have been in a car with the driver texting.

In 39 states, including Indiana, there have been laws made making texting while driving illegal.  Sadly people still do it in all of those states. In 32 states, including Indiana, it is illegal to even use a cell phone for anything while driving and in 10 states it is illegal to hold a cell phone while driving.

Texting and driving causes millions of deaths per year and 11 teen deaths every day. For more information go to