Mobile phones have not only become a way of life, they have become many people’s life.
Mobile phones are now posing a danger to our lives. The use of mobile phones while driving contributes to distracted driving and is a leading cause of vehicular accidents.
Advertising and marketing campaigns by telecom giants, such as Verizon and AT&T, are educating motorists, especially teens, about the dangers of ‘intexticated’ driving. However, parents have more of an impact on their children in setting good examples of proper driving behavior. Are parents exercising restraint with texting and driving and setting a good example for their children? Most parents respond in a resounding “of course!” But statistics tell a completely different story.
What the Numbers Say
According to a recent survey conducted by the Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions, teenagers have found parents guilty for practicing ‘do as I say, not as I do’. The survey found that:
- 59% of teens report that their parents text and drive. Ask the parent and you may get the response, “I only text and drive when I am on a quiet road” or “I only text and drive when I am at a red light.” These exceptions cause accidents.
- 91% of teenagers report that their parents talk on the phone while driving. Parents often hide behind technological conveniences like hands-free and blue-tooth. Studies have shown that these technologies are also distracting by nature and can significantly reduce attention and slow down response time.
- About 78% of teenagers admitted to texting and driving themselves. 27% of the teens said that they indulge in the activity often, 24% said sometimes, 28% said rarely. Only 22% of those surveyed said that they never text while driving.
Does Technology Help?
Applications have been developed to prevent distracted driving and to discourage motorists from using mobile phones while driving. Apps like SafeText from Android prevents texting while in a moving vehicle.
Teach Your Children
The most effective way to teach your children the importance of safe driving habits is to practice safe driving habits yourself. Try this exercise the next time you are traveling with your child – ask your child to describe the road around them while in the passenger seat and sending a text at the same time. This may show your child how distracting texting and driving really is.
Chicago Car Crash Attorney
Even while you are exercising control, there is no telling if the other driver is distracted or not. If you or a loved one are a victim of distracted driving, seek legal assistance from a Chicago car crash attorney. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.