Texting-while-driving restrictions need to apply to all ages across the board

It’s not just teenagers that text and drive. Adults do it too. In fact, most teens see their parents do it and rather than listen to what their parents say, they do what they see them doing instead. The results are deadly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics indicate that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than DWI/DUI. Texting involves taking your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, and while that may not seem like a long time, it is long enough to cover the full length of a football field, as if you were blindfolded, as taking your eyes off the road is driving blind.

According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, texting is the cause of more than 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries every year. Texters are up to 23 times more likely to get into a crash. Texting has now replaced drinking and driving as the leading cause of accidents and deaths among teen drivers and up to 47 percent of all adults on the road admit to texting while driving.

While many states do have bans on texting while driving, there are still states that do not. For instance, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. Just keep in mind that just because Texas has no bans, does not mean texting while driving is not a serious, life threatening issue. Don’t do it.