As authorities continue to increase awareness about the number of injuries caused by drivers distracted by texting on mobile phones, the risks of texting while driving have become more visible. According to statistics,
Texting truck drivers are 23 percent more likely to be involved in a collision or near-crash.
When texting, drivers abandon their lanes 10% more often than when not driving. Checkout Don’t Drive While Intexticated for more info.
When a driver is texting, it takes twice as long to respond to an incident and come to a stop than when the driver is not texting.
Despite these results, 26% of mobile phone drivers confess to texting when behind the wheel. While texting while driving as a seasoned driver is one thing, novice drivers who text raise the likelihood of an accident for themselves and those on the road.
Teenagers are still a risky addition to the road due to their lack of experience behind the wheel, and adding a diversion like a mobile phone just adds to the risk. Teenagers are the most common demographic of drivers who text while driving, with one-third of all 16-17-year-olds with mobile phones committing to texting while driving.
Various organisations are working to make roads safer for those on the road by prohibiting texting while driving.
The National Safety Council declared in January 2009 that it supports state and federal legislation prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving. Texting while driving became illegal for federal employees in September 2009. Any school zones and pedestrian areas have started to display signage warning that using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited in the city.
If you really must use your phone while driving, pull over to a safe location and carry out your chat without endangering anyone on the road. If you need to keep a text message chat going for an extended amount of time, make a passenger do that for you. Alternatively, pull over and text the other party to inform them that you are travelling and are unable to reply safely.