When I drive on I-90, it never ceases to amaze me to see drivers texting while driving. Apparently, I’m not the only one. U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray Lahood, calls driving and texting an “epidemic.” According to an article published in the Christian Science Monitor, 16,000 road fatalities have been linked to texting and driving between 2002 and 2007.
In response to the dangers posed by texting and driving, 30 states have passed laws that ban texting while driving–including Washington state.
I mentioned in a previous post that the decrease in driving fatalities over the last 50 years is partly attributable to the decrease in drinking and driving. With a little luck and some education, texting while driving will hopefully become as taboo as drinking and driving.
- Don’t text and drive, avoid accidents! (jazarah.net)
- Kudos for Crackdown on Texting while Driving (aborovkoff.wordpress.com)
- Texas House votes to ban texting while driving (chron.com)
- Why should you care about texting and driving (wiki.answers.com)