A new study reveals shocking information that some traffic authorities have already believed to be true—texting and driving has surpassed drinking and driving as the number-one cause of teen deaths. According to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, over 3,000 teen deaths occurred from texting while driving compared to 2,700 for drunk driving.
While this news may be surprising for some to learn, others are aware that texting while driving is an epidemic and has caused too many needless deaths and injuries. Most drivers have seen other drivers on the road talking on their cell phones or texting while driving, or they are guilty of doing this behavior themselves.
Some drivers don’t believe they will crash while they are texting, but statistics reveal that drivers are 23 times more likely to crash if they are texting while driving.
“A vehicle is a weapon, just as a gun or a knife, and you can kill people. You don’t deserve to have a driver’s license and that level of responsibility where you can kill people if you’re not willing to take precautions, such as not texting and driving,” said a former police officer to a news station.
Unfortunately, teen deaths continue to occur from texting while driving. The Peachtree City accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith encourage all drivers of all ages to not text and drive in order to reduce Georgia auto accidents that involve injuries and fatalities.