The technology that we have available on our smartphones continues to evolve and further stresses the demand to constantly be connected in the technological world. We have the ability to check our e-mail, send a text message, and update or browse our social media channels all with a few taps from our fingertips. While our smartphones increase the efficiency of how we communicate, these powerful devices also tempt us to use them in times that we should probably set them aside. Unfortunately, one of the most common circumstances that these devices are misused is while driving.
AT&T has been stressing a program referred to as, “Texting & Driving…It Can Wait”. You may have seen some of their advertisements depicting stories about “The Last Text”. In many instances, these stories involve a young driver sending a text behind the wheel and the result of that text being the end of their life. Some of the texts are a simple phrase like “on my way”, a text that is certainly not worth risking a life over. Imagine this, take out your phone and read aloud the last text you sent or received. Would reading or replying to that message from behind the wheel be worth the risk of a car accident or taking your or another’s life?
Most of us have seen someone texting behind the wheel. I was traveling home from the Northwood’s recently and even saw a motorcyclist sending a message while riding at a conservative 70mph. Drivers that take that risk while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. AT&T’s research found that 97% of teens know that texting and driving is dangerous, yet 43% of them still do it. If you have a young driver or if you would like to learn more about the dangers of texting and driving, watch AT&T’s “Last Text” documentary. The lives of the participants in this documentary were drastically changed in a matter of seconds because of a senseless text message.