Texting while driving involves sending, reading and/or composing texts on a cell phone or other electronic device. According to AAA, 46% of teenagers admitted that they have been distracted by texting while driving. While talking on a cell phone and driving can be dangerous enough, texting is even more dangerous because it requires you to look at the device to read and send messages. With an increase in the number of smart phones being sold there will be more and more access to texting. While texting can be convenient and save time, it has to be used in the proper time and place which is not while driving. Car accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, with hundreds of deaths each year. Many of these deaths could be prevented by keeping driver distractions like cell phones put away.
Studies have shown that texting while driving is just as dangerous, if not even more dangerous, than driving drunk. For example, in 2009 Car and Driver magazine conducted an experiment and found that reading an email added 36 feet to stopping distance and sending a text added 70 feet. Texting while driving is not only illegal in Iowa, every year it causes many car accidents, costing people their lives or leaving them with serious permanent injuries. Despite the law and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey launching a campaign against texting while driving, it seems that most teenagers are not getting the message.
There is no text that is so important that you cannot wait until you reach your destination or pull over to a safe place on the side of the road. There is an alarming increase in text-related car accidents. Iowa personal injury attorney Corey Walker and his wife Beth have launched www.DriveNowTextLater.com because of this alarming trend and because they have children who will soon be tempted to text while driving. They are trying to educate teenagers and their parents about the dangers of texting while driving in order to prevent more tragedies. They are offering Newton high school students a $25 gift card and a $100 college scholarship for singing a contract stating that they will simply follow the law. If they can prevent even one tragedy, then this will be money well spent. To learn more click here.