I read the article “‘Study’ time has passed; ban texting while driving.” It was talking about how many people were killed and injured from texting while driving. While the people of Florida thinks it should be banned by how the death tolls looked and injuries people sustained. “Yet for the past six years in Florida, lawmakers have turned thumbs down on common-sense proposals to prohibit one of the most insidious causes of distracted driving: texting behind the wheel (“Orlando Sentinel” 1).” I’m really surprised with the statistics they stated that 3,092 people died  and 416,000 has been injured, that it wouldn’t change their minds on banning texting while driving.

… although 39 states has had some type of law to at least cutting texting and driving to a certain point, if not more. I’m not sure what is stopping the law makers of Florida from agreeing to a law that will protect families and themselves. I hope that soon all the other states that does not have a law against texting while driving, will put more thought and consideration of what can be done. I’m happy that Utah is a state that recognizes the danger.

Sources:

“‘Stud’y time has passed; ban texting while driving.” Orlando Sentinel. 14 2012: 1. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-11-14/opinion/os-ed-texting-driving-ban-111412-20121113_1_statewide-ban-lawmakers-rick-scott&gt;.

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There was an article I read today and it was talking about how much tickets costs are if teens that are driving is caught using a cell phone. “Teens caught on the phone will be fined $20 to $40 for the first offense and $50 to $100 for the second offense in a year (Anderson 1).” I know it might sound harsh but I think that anyone should be fined just as much as a DUI ticket is. Texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. I know right now it’s hard for police officers to even declare who is really texting and driving and not just making a quick phone call or changing a song on the Ipod which of course looks like an Iphone. All we can do is wait for the advancements and greater ideas to track down people who do text and drive.

Source:

Anderson, Patrick B. “Teens to be fined for using cellphones while driving.” 26 2012: 1. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. <http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/teens-to-be-fined-for-using-cellphones-while-driving/article_a4f940f8-1f1b-11e2-8aa7-0019bb2963f4.html&gt;.

I was checking the news today, and came upon a story of Wil Craig. I have watched the news before about him not too long ago about his texting while driving accident and his recovery afterwards, but I haven’t heard anything about him since today. I saw online there was news about him traveling across the country to talk to teenagers at high schools about texting while driving and how it changed his life. To make this long story short he (Wil Craig) was the passenger in his girlfriend’s car, she was texting while driving next thing they know they totaled the car and it a big tree. “Craig’s girlfriend walked away without even a scratch, but he said the doctors didn’t believe he would be more than a vegetable the rest of his life. “The whole first month of my coma I was on life support” (Baileys). How horrible is that to know that the person who was guilty of texting while driving did not get injured, but injured someone who wasn’t doing it?

Things that happen like that makes me just so angry, Wil has to start his life all over because mentally he has to re-learn everything he knew. The article also said that they didn’t press charges, her family was lucky they didn’t lose her [girlfriend]. With what Wil is doing now getting the word out there about what happened to him and how it could change other people’s lives it touched my heart. With the disability he has he found the strength to get up and fight for what is right letting the youth know that it is not okay to text and drive. I know this story has made me see things from a different perspective.

Works Cited

Baileys, Jennifer. Texting While Driving. 2012. 2012. <http://www.wdrb.com/global/story.asp?s=11366887&gt;.

When I first chose the topic for my blog I knew it was going to be an attention-grabbing topic. Just seeing people text and drive every single day when I’m on the road or even hearing about it on the news drives me crazy! I know a lot of people say they can multi-task and driving and texting is one of them, but I will have admit to my past I did text and drive for a long time. That was when my key pad wasn’t a touch screen and I could feel the buttons, so I didn’t even have to take my eyes off the road to send a text because I already knew where the keys were. But now with my touch phone it takes a little bit longer to text because I do have to look.

I noticed when everyone started using touch screen phones that’s when a lot of the texting accidents started happening. There were deaths and a lot of injuries talked about all over the news. So I decided to make a vow that I will stop texting and driving and if someone needs to reach me they can call me and not send me a text message. Since then I have not text and driven, which makes me very proud of myself because my cell phone and I are glued together, I won’t go anywhere without it.