By Anna Moyer, Summit Christian Academy Senior
There is a new trend in our society. A trend that has become a dangerous habit, especially for teenagers like myself, that we participating in. This new trend is texting while driving. Both, teens and adults have been engaging in this hazardous behavior.
Texting while driving is a deadly action, which causes almost 1.6 million accidents every year. The driver of the vehicle can be killed, along with the passengers and other civilians on the road. This action weakens the drivers proficiency to drive.
If it can be proven that a teen is texting and driving, then they will be found guilty in the crash. Texting while driving is a choice that is made by the driver of a motor vehicle. This choice is not one that not only affects the life of the driver, but it affects the civilians who are riding in motor vehicles as well as individuals and families on the highway as well.
In the United States, 31% of drivers ages 18-64, are reported to have sent text messages while driving. Half of all United States high school students ages 16 and up, text while they are driving.
As of today, there are twelve states that prohibit texting while driving. Just because there may not be any laws on texting while driving in the state you reside in, like Missouri, it does not mean that it is acceptable to do. By being part of the It Can Wait pledge, you can save lives by choosing not to text while driving. This choice can prevent tragedies, and will increase the awareness of the danger of texting while driving.
As teenagers we always say to ourselves, we want to make a difference! This is how we can make a difference!
While signing the pledge seems like a small thing, it CAN SAVE LIVES! Save lives by not texting while driving. No text is worth the consequences of texting while driving. Just wait! Because ITCANWAIT!
Take the pledge to never text and drive at ItCanWait.com today!