Texting Behind The Wheel

1 decade 5 months 4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2007 Jul 17, 2007 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 5:49:41 AM CDT July 17, 2007 in News

Teenaged drivers have all sorts of distractions when it comes to driving; talking or text messaging on their cell phones is one of them.

Young people often like to reach friends through text messages instead of phone calls. When driving, however, the popular form of communication can be dangerous. 

"I think texting is worse, because you gotta look at what you doing," said Samuel Martin, a Columbia resident.

Insurance companies want young drivers to concentrate on driving, not texting.

"It's their first taste of freedom; it's a wonderful experience," said Allstate Agency Principal Lynn Wobig. "We're giving them the opportunity to get into an automobile, which is a 4,000 pound weapon, with little or no training."

If a driver were to take their eyes off the road for two seconds to respond to or send a text message at 60 miles per hour, they will have driven 180 ft.

Although sending text messages isn't the main cause of most traffic accidents, it's a growing problem.

"If you're driving distracted, then you're driving irresponsible; it could be my child, or your child. For a parent, losing a child is a grief you never get over," said Wobig.

Missouri has no law against the dangerous habit.

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