Texting and Driving: A Dangerous Mix

Texting—it’s a fun and easy way to stay in constant contact with our friends and family without having to actually talk to them. It’s the greatest invention since the cell phone.

But, when you decide to mix texting with driving, you’re bound to have trouble.

A May 2011 study conducted by AAA found that nearly 78 percent of teens admit to text messaging while driving.

As a person who has lost one of my closest friends in an accident caused by texting while driving, I have a huge problem with this statistic–its far too high. What saddens me even more is that Florida has no law that bans texting while driving.

One state legislator, Rep. Irv Slosberg, who has made road safety his priority, has had to face numerous roadblocks just to get bill proposed that would halt the use of texting while driving. He knows first-hand the detrimental effects of texting while driving; he lost his daughter several years ago in an accident caused by texting. It’s sad that bills that focus on keeping us safe get tossed aside.

How many people have to die before we get the message that something needs to be done? Our society has relied on the convenience of everything that they don’t realize the effect of their actions. If there is an opportunity for people to be protected from themselves, then let’s stop fighting it and move for the advancement of our society.