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Texting and Driving is Dumb and Dangerous

Updated August 11, 2012

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So pretty much everywhere in the world people have clued into the fact that texting and driving is bloody retarded. No text is worth the risk any driver takes. But that hasn’t stopped people from texting and driving. Which is why in most first world nations there are laws against it. First lets start off with some fun facts about the idiotic behavior otherwise known as texting and driving. These facts are based on studies of a variety of subjects.

Fact One. When distracted by texting a drivers steering capability reduce by a staggering 91 percent. This means that if you’re texting and your neighbor’s son little Timmy runs out in front of you he stands a 91% chance of dying because of your inability to react fast enough.

Fact Two. When texting and driving a drivers general reaction time such as breaking and avoidance is 35 percent of what it would be if they were actually paying attention.

Which leads us to Fact Three. A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident. The second you pick up your phone, you’re 23 times more liable.

Back in January 2012 an accident occurred involving a guy named Chance Bothe. He had been texting a friend while driving home from college and one of the last things he texted was ‘I need to quit texting’. That was moments before he slammed into a bridge rail and down a 35 foot drop into a ravine. Apparently there were parts of his car in his lap when the paramedics showed up to save him. Rescue workers got Bothe out of the car just before it went up in flames. Needless to say Bothe was seriously messed up from the accident, his body barely had a bone that wasn’t broken and he also suffered some brain damage. There’s a term in the medical profession when a person goes into cardiopulmonary arrest and that term is to Code. Bothe went code three times in total while undergoing surgery.

Do we really need to hear stories like this to scare everyone into not texting and driving? Possibly, since a recent survey found that 30% of teens surveyed admitted to operating their phone while driving. There are three problems with teenagers. One, they have the false impression that they’re indestructible. Two, nobody can tell a teenager anything about anything they don’t already know and in their opinion are far more educated on then you. And Three, they all think they are like totally the best texter and driver like in the world…like.

However, as much as we love to point the finger and wag it at those naughty teens there are just as many adults responsible for this horrible habit as well. I’ve been in the car with several adult drivers who have texted and always claim they’re some sort of professional text and drive expert. Which is really the equivalent of saying they are professional risk takers of not only their own lives but of those all around them. In fact it can be said that it goes beyond phones. There are Navigation GPS systems at the driver fingertips and usually for the sake of convenience drivers seldom pull over to reprogram these devices to get to their destination…which in some cases was the morgue.

Texting and driving is dumb and dangerous. Stop it. I don’t care how old you are.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

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