We all see it almost every time we go for a car ride. Texting while driving and other cell phone usage by drivers while behind the wheel.
In fact, texting while driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens, according to a recent study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
Furthermore, in New York State in 2011, 25,165 drivers of all ages were injured or killed in accidents involving distracted driving, compared to 4,628 injuries or deaths caused by alcohol-related driving. In 2015 drivers received 132,000 tickets for talking on a hand-held cellphone, down from nearly 250,000 tickets in 2011. Tickets for texting while driving have shot up from 9,000 in 2011 to nearly 85,000 in 2015.
Smart phone usage has increased exponentially in the past few years, especially among teens. Many can not go even the five minutes of a quick ride without checking their phones. But the consequences can be devastating. It is said that a minimum of 5 seconds is the minimal amount of time it takes to send a quick text. So much can happen on a road in 5 seconds—a child can dart across the street, a light can change, your car can veer while you are typing, a motorist can attempt to turn in front of you or maybe you have come to a stop sign you didn’t notice.
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