10.29.2008

Do You Text Message While Driving? Share Your Reasons For Doing It.

Written by Jesse Muhammad

I already know when you read the title of this blog you starting smiling and said to yourself "That's me!".

Well if you do, don't feel bad, because you are not alone. A matter of fact, the person typing this blog is as guilty as anyone else. I know. I know. It's a shame but it can be addictive yet in my research I have found that it can be very dangerous and is an epidemic.

Check this out.

In a 2007 article in the The New York Times there was a 17-year old girl and four of her friends killed in a car crash. The police said it was caused by three factors which included the text messaging. Two minutes before the accident was reported, the driver had sent a text message to one of her friends. Could this have been avoided?

That same year a teen driving study released by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, showed that instant and text messaging while driving leads the list as the biggest distraction while driving for teens.

The results of a AAA survey showed that 46 percent of teens admitted that they text-message while driving.

In a survey released by Nationwide Mutual Insurance of 1,500 drivers, nearly 40 percent of the teenagers and young adults surveyed admitted they send and receive text messages while driving - the same percentage of those questioned who said they have been hit or almost hit by another car whose driver was talking on a cell phone. Whoa.

WARNING: Wait. Before you click away from this blog saying its a "youth thing", keep reading. Because adults have gotten caught up in the text messaging craze as well.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are distracting activities, such as cell phone use, and drowsiness. The document further reads that "The most common distraction for drivers is the use of cell phones. However, the number of crashes and near-crashes attributable to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. Dialing is more dangerous but occurs less often than talking or listening."

And of course you heard about the tragic September California train crash that took place 22 seconds after a train engineer sent a text message. He slammed into an oncoming freight train in an accident that killed 25 people and injured 135. He had sent 29 text messages while on duty that day.

Now after hearing about all of these things, will it make you stop texting while driving? Probably not. I remember when I saw that California train crash on TV, I vowed I would do better but fell back into doing it within a week. Driving with my knees just to send a reply! Have you ever done that? Can't wait to get to a stop light!

And on top of texting, I see people reading the funny pages, eating full dinners, doing make-up, and reaching in the backseat...all on the freeway!

Ok so why do you do it? Are you addicted? Is it really that important?

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12 comments:

  1. Man I am just addicted...PLAIN AND SIMPLE. LOL!

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  2. Great article Brother Jesse.

    Boy you really exposed me! I need to do better but I and hooked. No doubt.

    Sad thing about that train wreck though.

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  3. Man I did not know this issue was that serious. i don't do it often but now I feel guilty about doing it at all now....oh well. I probably will be right back doing it when I get in the car.

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  4. The Addicted TexterOctober 30, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Man I am hear to tell you that no matter how many stats you put in from on me, I am sure I will not stop...it's fun to me just the thrill of doing it and not getting in any wrecks...ok let me not jinx myself!

    Thanks for the information.

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  5. I text message while driving because I am so "busy" till the point of I want to answer every text message back quickly. I have come close to having wrecks several times and still do it.

    i need some more encouragement but I am encourage by the stats. Thank you Brother jesse

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  6. Cheryl WashiingtonOctober 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Wow, that is an amazing article...I do not text message while driving because it is not that important to me. It can wait until I get to my destination.

    Thank you Bro. J for this piece.

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  7. We all need to try and not T.W.D. - text while driving. I do it myself from time to time. I do it less now than before(B.C.). Not before Christ, but before child or children. I have my children with me lots of the time when I am driving and would be very upset with myself if I were to have an accident because of texting. Nor would I want to be the cause of someone elses misfortune because they were texting me. I now wait until I get to a stop light or my destination. So, thanks again, have a good day, dont T.W.D. today.

    Which one is more important, least expensive and will make everyone happy; saving a life or planning a funeral. Don't T.W.D.

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  8. My memory is bad so when someone texts me I have to respond immediately or I will forget. I know I only have two choices. Either, stop texting while driving or hire a driver (lol).

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  9. I text all day long! You should see my cell phone bill....I am always afraid that I will forget to hit someone back so I drive with my knees sometimes too!

    It's good to know I am not alone! Well it's really not good in one sense.

    Thanks Bro. Jesse

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  10. Dang...I feel bad about texting now.

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  11. I am guilty big time!

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  12. I am very guilty of this issue, the only thing i am really worried about is my son will be driving soon and he watches me as I am texting and driving and I know this is a bad habit, I do not want him to pick up as he is beginning to be more independent, but I can definitely relate, it seems that there is so much to do and i am always running behind, and communication has to be made at that point...what did we do before texting????? I wonder

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