Thinking About Texting and Driving? It Can Wait.

Is that text worth losing your life?

Did you know?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death of American teenagers with the number one cause of these deaths being the use of wireless devices.

Did you know?

Using a cell phone while driving, whether hands free or hand held is very dangerous. According to a Virginia Tech study, texting can delay a driver’s reaction time as much as having a BAC at the legal limit – 0.08%.

Have you heard Heather’s story?Texting While Driving Photo

Heather Lerch, a responsible 19-year-old college student, was late returning home from work. Her worried parents set out to look for her when they drove upon an accident scene. To their horror, they saw their daughter’s vehicle. She had been in a car accident.

Heather was texting while driving and slammed into a guard rail going 60 mph. She died instantly.

What was her final text?

Hey, you and I need to hang sometime 🙂
alright cool 🙂
(Learn more at www.heathersstory.com)

Other life changing texts

While doing research for this post, we ran across a 2010 AT&T video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DebhWD6ljZs&feature=player_embedded.

Although we all know the dangers of texting while driving, it is still shocking to see, over and over again, how a simple text message can be life changing. Texts like LOL, Where u at, and Yeah are small, yet they ended the lives of 3 of the 4 people highlighted in this video. The other gentleman suffered a serious brain injury and has never fully recovered. The text that changed his life? Where r.

How could something so simple take a life?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, texting and driving involves all three types of distracted driving, which are visual, manual and cognitive.

Any distraction can lead to an accident, but texting is extremely dangerous. That text can wait.

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