Driving requires constant attention -- yet people are seemingly spending more time staring at iPhones to text friends. It's dangerous and that's why it's becoming illegal in more states.
When the first set of cell phone driving laws were passed, many of them did not include text messaging provisions. While the concept of texting-while-driving falls under most driver distraction laws, those are often not enforced until after an accident or incident occurs. Click on the maps below to discover whether your state has a full statewide ban, has pending legislation, teen-driving laws or nothing at all.
Although there have been no formal studies done on traffic deaths contributed specifically to text messaging while driving, text messaging has become the main form of communication among teenagers. Throughout the country, lawmakers and parents are concerned about this latest trend. According to a study by DeGroote School of Business in Ontario, more than 1 trillion text messages were sent worldwide last year.
Various studies have shown that driving while using a cell phone can be as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Estimates of the number of U.S. traffic deaths caused by cell phone talking while driving are generally in the 2,000 - 3,000 range with one hundred times as many injuries. Yes that is SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND accidents caused by cell phones. NOW, add in text messaging!
The best remedy for this menace would be common sense by most drivers and a realization that the common practice is anti-social and dangerous.