Texting Can Wait! Can You?

Texting while driving is a huge problem on Kentucky roads. In fact, it's one of the biggest causes of car accidents nationally. This issue has been all over the news since 2006. There are 30 states in the U.S. that ban texting while driving for drivers. This is a response to the statistic of drivers, including teenagers, who are texting while driving. This has caused an increase in auto accidents. In Kentucky, 192 collisions were reported in 2010 due to use of cellphones for talking or texting.

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Why do we still text and drive?
Despite the implementation of texting bans, drivers are still holding their cellphones while driving down the road. We see it every day. Statistics show that teenagers are the greatest offenders. Is it not enough for teens to know that if they text and drive, they are more likely to be in an accident? Is there a solution to this problem?

Maine's cellphone policy
Maine considered cellphone use and texting as part of a larger distracted driving issue. I believe they are absolutely correct. A summit on texting while driving occurred in Maine which was attended by police, educators, high school students, driving academies and the health care and insurance industries. According to Ronald Medford, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens text almost unconsciously and incessantly. Changing their normal behavior will not be easy. A solution that involves technology was suggested. The Maine summit began with a powerful video produced by AT&T called "The Last Text," it was part of the national campaign against texting and driving. The documentary shows brave individuals sharing their stories and experiences of the dangers of texting while driving. Thank you AT&T for producing this.

Related: AT&T Expands “It Can Wait” Campaign Against Distracted Driving

As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I know texting while driving is dangerous. When I saw the video, I felt everyone in Kentucky should see it. We must do something to stop using cellphones while driving. It's both irritating and dangerous to see someone texting while driving 20 miles below the speed limit. We need to decrease the number of distracted drivers and serious accidents in Kentucky. We can start by being good role models and not using our phones while driving.

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
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