As mobile phones have become an everyday accessory (and practical necessity), their capabilities have gone beyond calling to allow for options like texting, emailing, internet surfing and more. Have you ever sat at a stoplight and counted the number of drivers talking on their cell phones? Now consider the number of drivers that are taking their eyes off the road to text – and how of them are inexperienced teen drivers. Statistics show that texting is in fact more dangerous than talking on the phone and even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. So why is it so many people continue to text while driving, assuming it isn’t as dangerous?
There is no good answer other than negligence. Fortunately however, recent Canadian and US laws governing the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle have been enacted to promote safer driving and are even enforced with heavy fines (some maximum fines have been set as high as $785.00).
So, don’t sit by idly by while careless drivers continue to cause accidents by choosing not to put down their mobile phones – be an example and say NO to texting while driving.