The Centers for Disease Control revealed that in 2011 survey, 46% of drivers aged 17 had admitted to texting while driving. The number has risen to 52% for drivers over 18 years old. This has alarmed the research team because distracted driving is now the leading cause of teenage death in the United States.
Dr. Andrew Adesman who co-authored the study said that the impairment associated with texting is worse than driving while intoxicated, which is why it has a higher cause of death.
Forty-six states have already responded to the law by banning all texting while driving, but it doesn’t seem to work with teenagers because states with or without prohibitions have the same level of teen texting. This has led to proposals for car-based software that will disable texting.
Don’t Text N Drive: Teens Not Getting Message
While teens can get hundreds of text messages every single day, one message they are not getting is not to text while driving. According to the study that will be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 4, 43% of high school students were reported texting while driving at least once in 30 days.
The use of a phone while driving will significantly increase the motor vehicle accidents in this age group. Texting has raised the risk of a car crash by 23%. Since teens are predisposed to risk-taking behavior, reducing the influence of texting will ensure the teen driver’s safety.
Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting six types of health-risk behavior that contributes to the causes of disability, social problems, and death among the youths in America.
The researchers attempt to determine if texting while driving are associated in the high-risk behavior so that more effective mechanisms can be developed to reduce it.
4 in 10 American teens text while driving
Four out of 10 American teens admit to texting while driving. This shows that many teens are ignoring the risk of this habit.
The thing is, texting is like a drug, and you can become addicted. Most teenagers relentlessly communicate with friends. When they hear a tone that indicates a text message, they can’t wait to respond.
Parents must be the role model for their children and should take responsibilities of not only reminding them not to text while driving but not doing it themselves.
AT&T has launched a campaign in April, as a texting and driving awareness month, by developing an app that blocks the cellphone text alerts when the driver reaches 25mph. It sends back an alert to the person texting that you are driving and will respond shortly.