'Hitting the Brakes' on Distracted Driving

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

A new poll sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine, shows 63 percent of a group surveyed under the age of 30 have used a cell phone while driving, while 30 percent in the same group say they've texted while driving.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office says the majority of teen crashes they see could have been prevented if the driver wasn't distracted.

Says Capt. Steve Jones with TCSO, "It's very dangerous to take your eyes off the road for that little time it takes to focus from the road, down to the text message in your hand, then back to the road."

Consumer Reports says teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as other drivers.

They also say the risk of a crash is 23 times more likely while texting.

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    Americans today have not the common sense they did 1 generation ago. Weve had a Major "dumbing down" in this Country. "Ohh goody theres a sale at Macys , gag me with a spoon." These are the idiots that get people killed.
  • by Lil' Mama Location: Perry on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    I agree with alot of you, I do believe that talking and texting while driving should be banned. I do not see the Legislative's passing this law because to many of them have there phone glued to there heads or hands. I don't think they care how many wrecks or how many people die. Now, if it was someone in there families that get in a wreck or died, they might then consider having the law passed.
  • by ga. Boy Location: t'ville on Mar 9, 2011 at 03:13 AM
    TALKING AND TEXTING SHOULD BE ILLEGAL WHILE DRIVING, NOT JUST TEENAGERS.... BUT SO CALLED ADULTS AS WELL!! two weeks ago we were riding our bikes and a woman talking on a cell phone just came over on top of one of the riders. luckly no one was hurt, could have been bad. she never even saw any of the ten motorcycles that where right beside her in the lane of traffic. have sat at red lights have witness cars drive right thru red lights while there phone stuck to there head....never even looked at the light. there should be a ban on driving while talking and texting, how many good people have to die before this is none. WAKE UP AMERICA.
  • by sue Location: ga on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    americans are like big whinning babys. they have to be told and forsed to do everything.
  • by Human Location: Wakulla on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    yeah but the politicians spend all their time trying to ban large capacity magazines in guns rather than banning cell phones and texting while driving. of course not!!! this would make too much sense.
  • by Margaret Location: Thomasville on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    I think this applies to more than teens. There should be no talking or texting while driving. I learned the hard way and had an accident. Luckly, no one was hurt but it could have been worse.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    laws will not change drivers habits. I have sat through green lights while people talk, read, text etc. I hate having to share the road with people who do things other than driving. If you can't get people to have a current tag and insurance what's the use.
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