Text Messaging Dangers Behind the Wheel

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

An everyday task for many could have played a role in a deadly train crash. As that investigation continues in California, some are thinking twice about sending text messages behind the wheel.

One wireless trade group says 75 billion text messages were sent in June alone. That's a 160% increase from just one year ago.

Folks we spoke with Tuesday admit to using their cell phones behind the wheel, but many said texting is where they draw the line.

"You have to take your hands off the wheel to text. For me it's not as easy as some of the teens that know where the letters are," said Brian Blair of Hazard.

"I've tried it while I'm driving a few times and it's just really dangerous because there's no way you can be aware of your surroundings," added Pearl Campbell.

A Nationwide Insurance survey of more than 1,500 drivers found 40% of those between 18 and 30 admit to texting while driving. Police say it's a growing concern.

"If you've got your attention split between which button to push and whether to turn left or turn right, or put on your brakes, then it's a huge concern," said Hazard Police Captain James East.

Police warn hands-free cell phone devices aren't always safe either.

"They need their undivided attention on the roadway because things can happen in a split second," added East.

Five states have gone as far as banning text messaging or the use of cell phones while driving. Seven other states have bills pending that would ban text messaging behind the wheel. There are some who question how such laws could be enforced.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    i think the law should take there licenes if they catch them on phone driven
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Sep 17, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    It's really bad that there is no cure for stupid.
  • by NW on Sep 17, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    Cell phones need to be banned while behind the wheel of a car. Seems like everywhere you go someone is on a cell phone, I wish they never had been invented.
  • by Renee Location: Whitesburg on Sep 17, 2008 at 05:29 AM
    I think all cell phone use should be banned while driving. If someone needs to use his or phone that badly, they can pull over beside the road. I have been nearly run off the road several times by someone on their cell phone. This is a dangerous practice especially by teenagers who have limited experience driving. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen. One missed call is not going to matter when it comes to saving a life.
  • by lisa Location: warbranch on Sep 17, 2008 at 02:59 AM
    i dont thing cell phones shoud bee used behinnd the wheel any way just for ems only i have used it before and you do lose contranceing while useing the phone on the road ways.

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