Just about everyone knows it is not safe to text and drive. It’s just like drinking and driving. That is against the law and can kill not just you, but others. It’s a very clear message and yet people still continue to drink and drive and text and drive. Officials at the Department of Public Safety say one of the top reasons for fatal crashes is distracted driving.
Texas is trying to do something about it by amping up their Talk. Text. Crash. campaign. Although education is a key component in this drive to inform people of the dangers of distracted driving, people still have the idea that it won’t happen to them. It can and it will at some point if the behavior continues.Consider the statistics that reveal 13 percent of those involved in collision, in the 18-20 age range, admit they talk or text while driving.
There are over 100 thousand crashes in the state every single year that involve distracted driving. In 2015 alone, driving while texting killed more than 400 Texans and injured at least 3,000. People just don’t think that a quick text will do any harm. On the contrary, the five second window when a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting, and driving at 55 mph, means that vehicle can travel the full length of a football field with your eyes closed. It that visual does not scare you, it should.
Disturbingly, distracted driving now ranks right up there with alcohol and speeding as a leading cause of serious and fatal crashes in Texas.