A recent survey reported that American drivers texted more while driving than drivers of other countries. Approximately 69 percent of American drivers aged 18-64 admitted talking and texting on their cell phones in the previous month when surveyed.
Distracted driving contributes up to 8,000 crashes every day, and using a cell phone quadruples your risk of crashing.
Even with such serious statistics, drivers continue to not only talk on their cell phones, but to text, as well. Many states are placing anti-texting laws in place, and those who break these laws are beginning to suffer the consequences, as one teen in Massachusetts discovered recently.
On February 20, 2011, Aaron Deveau crashed his car into a vehicle driven by Donald Bowley. Bowley was killed in the collision and his girlfriend was seriously injured.
The teenaged Deveau claimed not only was he tired from working that day, but be was also distracted by thoughts of his homework. Unfortunately for Deveau, the prosecution produced phone records at his trial that showed the young man was texting moments before he crashed his car into that of Bowley, so his excuse did not fly in court.
Deveau, who is now 18 years-old, was found guilty of vehicular homicide and texting while driving. He was sentenced by Judge Abany to four-and-a-half years imprisonment on the two charges. Deveau’s sentence was eventually reduced to one year in jail, three years probation and the loss of his driver’s license for fifteen years.
Although drivers have been cited for driving while texting in the state, this is the first time in Massachusetts’ history that an individual has been charged with vehicular homicide while texting.
Many experts believe those who take lives and cause injuries while texting and driving, will be dealt with in the same way that Deveau was in the state of Massachusetts.
Currently, there are thirty-five states with bans on texting and driving. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous activities to do while driving; when you are looking at the keyboard on your phone, you are not looking at the road. Become part of the solution to this problem by vowing to change your behavior and refuse to text while driving.
Original article found here.