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ber will only increase as more motorists are texting while operating their vehicle. It is really quite difficult to quantify the exact number of people who are killed every year from the use of cell phones while driving. This is due in part to the fact that in many states, police officers responding to the scene of an accident are not required to note whether cell phone use was a factor in the crash. Besides, motorists are unlikely to admit by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. that they were using a cell phone or text messaging while driving at the time of the crash. Naturally, this makes it diffiwith family, friends, school, job -- that cult to set an exact figure on the number can be an addiction. And texting absoof lives that are destroyed every year lutely can qualify,” said Dr. Dale Arfrom the use of electronic communicacher, a clinical psychologist. tion devices while behind the wheel. While all distractions can endanger drivTexting while driving can be fatal, but ers’ safety, texting is one of the alarming despite resounding warnings, deadly distractions according to the Departtraffic accidents caused by distractions ment of Transportation. In 2009, nearly like texting occur every day. Concerned 5,000 fatal auto crashes were reported parents can now take control of their to involve driver distractions related to children’s texting and driving habits texting and cell phones as reported by with certain software programs that can the National Highway Transportation disable certain features of a phone while Safety Administration (NHTSA). Since the vehicle is in motion. While certainly overall use of cell phones has been innot a perfect solution, it might be a neccreasing, experts predict that this numessary step for some.

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Finally, while many are quick to point the finger at our youngest drivers, we cannot forget about the adults who also abuse these privileges as well. One would wonder what he were to observe if he were to pay close attention to vehicles he passes and counts the number of people who are using a cell phone. Statistics suggest that in the average city, four out of five drivers will be using a cell phone in some capacity. We encourage you to protect your family and others by playing it safe. If you need to use your cell phone while on the road, please stop in a safe location before using it. It might someday save a life!

Texting and Driving Some people seem to be slaves to technology these days. The ubiquitous nature of cell phones and particularly the rapid growth of “smart” phones has forever changed our culture. According to a recent study, seventy two percent of cell phone owners send text messages -up seven percent from just last year. It has gotten so bad that for some people, texting and smart phone use is an unhealthy obsession. Too much texting has become what some doctors are calling an addiction. “Anything that you can become obsessed with, and you do so much that you don’t do the things you need to do

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