Hey driver, put your phone away; it can wait …

Commentary by Michaela King
Times-News correspondent

   We’ve all heard the stories, public service announcements and testimonies of people who have experienced the results of texting and driving, but exactly how dangerous is using your phone while driving?
Using your phone while driving is becoming a serious issue in today’s culture.
“In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texting and driving or other distractions make up nearly 25 percent of all accidents that occur each year, according to the website, www.textinganddrivingsafety.com.
   “Although we do not specifically go out and target people who are using their phones while driving unless told to do so, there is no exception for it unless it is used to call 911,” said Reid Metters, a staff sergeant with the Burlington Police Department and supervisor of the Alamance County traffic division.
Texting and driving, according to the National High Way Transportation Safety Administration, can be likened (safety-wise) to driving after having four beers.
Texting and driving is an increasing problem in today’s society, mainly among teenagers and young adults. So, next time you are driving somewhere, put your phone away because saving a life is more important than replying to a message or email. #ITCANWAIT

Michaela King is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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