Texting is OMG, not LOL

We all know that texting while driving is very dangerous. It’s also very illegal, in California and almost all other states. Texting is a serious distraction from driving, making a driver 23 times more likely to crash compared to being fully alert to conditions.

We all know that texting while driving is very dangerous. It’s also very illegal, in California and almost all other states. Texting is a serious distraction from driving, making a driver 23 times more likely to crash compared to being fully alert to conditions. Texting causes all 3 types of distractions: visual (eyes off the road), manual (hands off the steering wheel), and cognitive (mind on the message). And now, for the first time, a teenager has been convicted of murder caused by texting while driving. A jury in Massachusetts convicted an 18 year-old of vehicular homicide after he crossed the center line and crashed into another car, killing the other driver and seriously injuring their passenger. Telephone records showed he was texting at that moment. He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison, and will have his driver’s license suspended and unable to drive for 15 years. He will get out of prison some day, but he will never be able to bring back the life he took when he was texting instead of paying attention to his driving. Turn your phone off or put it in the glove compartment when you drive. Your friends will understand when you reply only after you’re safely at your destination.