My husband and I were recently talking about getting new cell phones when our plan renews, so it got me thinking about what kind of phone to get next. One that is better for texting and emailing, or one with a nice display?
And I realized how my cell phone habits have changed over the last year and a half. I used to use my phone more for talking, now I use it more for texting. I am not a text-aholic by any means, but I find it is an easy way to communicate quickly. It is amazing how quickly technology can change certain aspects of your life - and scary at the same time.
According to recent studies, 20 percent of drivers text message while driving. When 18 - 24 year olds are isolated, that percentage rises to 66 percent. In the last couple of years, we have heard about several fatal accidents where text messaging was involved; including the Metrolink train accident this September, and the upstate New York crash that killed 5 recent high school graduates last year.
The House and the Senate passed the bill to ban texting while driving this year. California, Louisiana, Massachussetts, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin are some of the states that have passed this into their laws. It is pretty amazing to me that this law hasn't been passed in every state yet. Do you text while you drive? I find it hard to text while I am walking, much less when I'm driving. It seems to me that putting down the cell phone while we are driving is one simple way to make our roads a little bit safer.