The Dangers of Texting While Driving

by Courtney Wheaton on April 3, 2014 at 6:48 am

In 2012 Ohio passed a law banning texting while driving, but nearly two years later it remains a serious problem. Whiz’s Courtney Wheaton tells us about the latest effort to drive home the message that texting while driving is unacceptable.

"It is reported that more than a hundred thousand accidents are caused due to texting and driving and on Thursday people learned how to decrease that number."

As a part of Campus Safety Week at the OUZ -Zane State Campus members of AT&T, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Genesis Healthcare and AAA came out to remind people about the seriousness of distracted driving.

"Looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of crashing, but a texting driver will look away for an average of 4.6 seconds, thats long enough to go the length of a football field," said AAA Spokesperson, Kimberly Schwind.

Lt. Matt Boyd with the State Highway Patrol says he has witnessed all too many accidents due to people looking away from the road. He says a text isn’t worth your life or the lives of others .

"We also had at another post that I worked at were a young girl was texting and she went left of center and hit a pregnant lady and the lady lost her child and multiple others, " said Lt. Boyd.

Boyd says texting is a primary offense for drivers under the age of 18 and a secondary offense for older drivers. It is punishable by fines and in some cases a suspension of your license. visitors signed a pledge to stay off of their phones while driving. For more information you can go online to AAA Don’t Text and Drive website or AT&T’s "It Can Wait Campaign", where you can learn how to download an app that disables your phone while driving. It even lets your friends know that you are busy behind the wheel.