DWT — Driving While Texting


I used to have a real texting problem.  I don’t know how it happened but my cell phone often crawled into my lap whenever I stopped at a red light.  People used to honk at me a lot.

Then one day, right in front of me, I saw a terrible accident.  I don’t know if the driver who caused that accident was texting but he sure seemed distracted.  It scared me enough that I put my phone away.  Lucky for me, it’s really hard to open the glove box in my car so I pop my phone in there. Now I couldn’t text if I wanted to.  I feel safer.

I heard on the radio that a survey showed the one thing that would make teens stop texting while driving was if they got in an accident themselves. I think the teens I know are smarter than that.  We don’t need to get hurt to stop texting while driving, do we?  We just need to know that it’s super dangerous, and then make a plan about how we’ll stop.  Did you know, for example, that texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted? That is serious and that’s why I put my cell phone in the glove box before I start driving.  What will work for you?

For more information on distracted driving and how to prevent it, check out this great resource: www.distracted.gov.


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