Only 10 States Have Laws Against Texting While Driving

September 3, 2009 at 10:44 am 1 comment

A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that a texting driver was four times as likely to be in an accident than a driver who was talking on a cell phone. But a texting driver was 23 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be in an accident than a driver who was not using a cell phone at all. Also, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that, in 2002, 955 deaths and a quarter of a million accidents were caused by drivers either texting or talking on cell phones while driving.

Texting while driving has also been highlighted in the media recently, with the emergence of an extremely graphic public service announcement produced by a law enforcement agency in Wales, UK.

Currently, only 10 states have laws against texting while driving, although nine others are planning to enact laws in the near future. I realize it is hard to prosecute texting while driving cases until after an accident has happened. Enacting laws may help spread the news that texting while driving can be deadly.

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32584570/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets

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  • 1. laura  |  September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

    not only people under the age of 18 ahould have this law as a general rule young people are better at texting while driving then older people they have grown up around it and have been doing it longer if anone should be banned form texting while driving it should be older people!

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