Have you thought about what it might feel like to cause someone else’s death? Can you imagine how you would feel the rest of your life, whether you were sent to prison or not?
Distracted driving has become the leading cause of driver deaths amongst teenagers nationwide. More than one-third of adolescent fatalities across the nation are due to texting and driving.. Surprisingly, some states have found that texting and driving bans have done little to reduce fatalities on the road. Whether the bans are present or not, texting and driving has become a nationwide epidemic, including right here in Houston.
Much like campaigns to stop drunk drivers, recent campaigns to stop texting drivers have swept the nation . In September of 2013, Mayor Annise Parker launched the Mayors United against Texting While Driving campaign in partnership with the It Can Wait campaign. Other national campaigns include End Distracted Driving and Oprah’s No Phone Zone pledge, which focuses on getting all drivers to take a pledge of some kind (online, written, verbal, or other) to not text and drive.
Oprah Winfrey said it best: “Don’t tempt faith; that text can wait.”