Technology surrounds us wherever we go. Smartphones seem to dominate our attention all the time, including when we sit behind the wheel of our car. In the U.S., this is so much more apparent than in other countries. People use their phones all the time, and roughly half a million people are texting and driving everyday.
People are now so accustomed to smart phones that they think that they can drive while using them, regardless of the hazard to themselves, the occupants of their car and other motorists on the highway. Did you know that the chances of a automobile accident are increased by 23 times whenever you are texting and driving. Even if another driver may be at fault, you will may have been able to avoid it them if hadn’t been looking at your smartphone instead of being fully focused on the task at hand, i.e., driving.
For teenagers, the chances of being involved in an automobile accident are already automatically increased. Add texting and driving to the equation and you have an almost lethal combination. Fact: Teen drivers have a 400% higher chance of being in a car crash than adults when texting and driving. And 48% of kids in their younger teenage years have been in a car while the driver was texting. Over 1600 children in the same age group are killed each year because of crashes involving texters.