Clay and Shauna Sauer lost their daughter to a texting and driving accident in January. Now, they are speaking out and talk with Brooke about what they hope to accomplish by telling their story.
It would be nice if a device was made inside a car that would not allow a cell phone to operate inside the car while the engine was on.
There is a huge debate about texting and driving. There are some who feel it's done safely while others are concerned about the problem with wrecks and injuries from this practice. Many are wanting to ban it on all roads. More than not drinking and driving, teenagers today have another lesson to learn to not text and drive. Come to think of it, it’s not only the teenagers who need to learn this lesson, even us adults can be guilty of this.
All together over 100,00 people have died from texting and driving. An estimated 16,00 die each year. Studies have shown that texting while driving increases the risk of accidents by 23.2 times over impaired focused drivers. Ironically 95% of drivers state that texting while driving is unexceptable, but admitted to doing it anyways. An accident can happen 2 to the 3 seconds while driving.
Texting while driving epidemically greatly affects the younger generation. Over 37% of drivers ages 18/27 text and drive. As a teenager I must say that I will not text and drive. I’m not legally eligible to drive yet but when I do there is no way I possibly could. I get very distracted easy as it is and I still get nervous with both hands on the wheel and my phone in my pocket. The main reason I will never text and drive is because I fear for my life and also other people’s lives.
So tell me, was it worth it? Is that one little message worth it? Was it worth putting your own life and someone else’s life at risk? No, it’s not worth the danger you’re in. As a teen I respect these laws and I’m glad they are being forced. Even though some of us still won’t follow the rules and go out of our way to send that message, I can say I pledge to not text and drive. Hopefully YOU will make the right choices.
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