Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Texting and driving has been a major issue, as cell phone usage has risen dramatically.

People have a habit of checking their phones while driving. This issue is such a problem that it now causes roughly half of the car accidents that happen every year.

People have to learn that a text can wait until they get to a red light, or even better, until they get home. If the text is so important that you have to risk your life or someone else’s, then pull over to the side of the road and answer.

Talking on the phone while driving is one thing you can legally do in the state of South Carolina, which I think is somewhat even worse than texting and driving, only because you think more when you’re talking. You might be able to keep your eyes on the road and communicate, but your mind could go blank at any moment if you are doing too many things at once.

Distraction.gov says that 78 percent of teen and young adults have read an SMS message while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Neither texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving should be things people should do. Both of these should be against the law, and the law should be enforced.

“I do not text and drive, if I had a call, or text, to answer, I would pull over,” said sophomore Kimmy Newell.

I talked to many people, and they say their parents text and drive. Older folks have experience driving, and if they have done something such as texting, and driving in the past the chances are they are pretty good at doing it.

“My mom tends to drive, and text a lot,” said sophomore Zachary Wolverten.

Teenagers are the main cause for car crashes because phones are taking control of one’s life, literally. Next time you are driving, or with someone, tell yourself, or them, to put the phone down, and wait until you get to your destination.

No text is worth anyone’s life.

13 comments:

  1. I always wait until I'm at a stop light to text someone back when I'm driving. I hate being in the car with people who text and drive!

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  2. Texting and driving is a serious issue. It is very distracting, so that makes it dangerous to do when driving because you could miss so much in the 2 seconds that you check your phone. It is not worth losing your life or the life of someone else. Great job, Chris!

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  3. Everyone must realize that a text can wait. Texting and Driving not only affects the person driving, it also affects the people in the car with them because it makes them paranoid.

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  4. I've texted and drove before, and that is how I got in a fender bender. Lucky enough, we didn't have the insurance company in it

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  5. Great article Chris, but Paul Walker did not die texting. Texting and driving is a serious thing, that people should not do.

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  6. Great topic, Chris. I absolutely hate when people even touch their phone while driving. It's way to dangerous.

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  7. Great article. Texting and driving has become a serious problem. Hopefully people will realize its not worth it!

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  8. Such a great article, Chris! Texting and driving is something everyone needs to stop. That one text could kill someone. It can wait, guys.

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  9. Christian ReynoldsOctober 31, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    This is a really serious issue and a long ongoing debate. I definitely think people shouldn't text and drive, you're not only putting yourself at risk but everyone else around you, it's careless and in a way selfish, good article

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  10. rip Paul Walker but he wasn't texting and driving :,,,(((

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  11. Great article. but i second Carlos this picture is from when Paul walker died not from texting and driving.

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  12. I agree with this texting and driving is extremely dangerous not only putting yourself in danger, but the people you have in the car also.

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  13. I agree with this article. Arrive Alive, Text Later.

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