Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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The Beat — Photo of the Month

May 27, 2015

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

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Police ticket more than 300 drivers for texting, talking

June 18, 2013

Between May 20 and June 2, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cellphones or other electronic devices.

During the patrols, 387 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 322 cellphone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets, according to a news release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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