Texting and driving seems to be on the rise. In 2011 23% of auto accidents involved the usage of a cell phone according to textinganddrivingsafety.com. Many States have introduced new laws including Indiana. In Indiana, you may not type, read or transmit a text message or electronic mail message while your vehicle is in motion unless using a hands free device according to Indiana Code 9-21-8-59.
It isn’t only texting and driving, smart phones allow drivers to perform multiple tasks while driving, whether that is reading or sending emails, texting, reading websites, or even making a simple call. All of those activities take your eyes away from the road and put you at a higher risk of missing a red light, stop sign or even someone breaking in front of you. All of these situations pose a potential threat to others on the roadway, including you. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2010 over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents.
In order to avoid an accident, just let that text wait until you make it to your destination. You might be surprised at the number of deaths that arise every year from auto accidents and the use of a handheld device. We have all seen our friends, parents and even our children paying more attention to their phone while driving rather than the road. It is very dangerous and the outcome of an accident can be catastrophic. However, whether or not you want to avoid getting a ticket, you should be aware of the risks of texting and driving. It isn’t worth risking your life to send that message!