Hello, my name is Thembi Ford and I text and drive. I know it’s wrong and I try not to do it but when I’m stuck in traffic and I get a split second to skip past a song I don’t want to hear on my iPhone (which doubles as my iPod), my thumb usually wanders to my e-mail inbox, then to some news app, then to finally return that overdue text to a friend that I forgot to send before I left the house. Before I know it I’m dividing my time between driving and using my phone. I know I have a problem, and studies say I’m not the only one.

The Associated Press reports that texting while driving is up 50%, even as more states are enacting laws to prevent people from doing so. Studies show that 20% of adults are willing to admit that they have sent text messages while driving, and I focus on the word “admit” here because using your phone while on the road is one of the stupidest and most dangerous things you can do.

There were an estimated 3,092 deaths in crashes at least partially caused by “distractions” in 2010, and experts think that a sizable portion of that number comes from the lure of our smartphones taking our focus off of the road. In response, thirty-five states have imposed penalties on anyone caught texting and driving, and have initiated public awareness campaigns about the dangers of letting technology distract you from getting where you need to go.

What about you? Do you catch yourself texting while driving? If you avoid it, how?

 

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  • It’s been a while since I posted but no I do not and I will not text and drive. EVER. In fact my phone stays in my purse and I ignore it completely. I’ve always held a stance about even looking at a phone while driving and my stance has intensified over the past holiday after a distant relative lost her life while trying to post an update on Twitter. TWITTER. The most heart breaking aspect about it was that she was found with the cell phone still in her hand while her head laid elsewhere. Imagine sending someone to Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving just to get some whip cream but they never making it back home. That is not the way to lose your life or spend the holiday. Plus it makes an even more terrible wake-up call the following Friday which I will always have my sister to thank for that.

  • CaliDreaming86

    WHILE I DO NOT OWN A CAR, I SEE MANY PEOPLE TEXTING AND DRIVING AND I JUST HOPE THAT THEY DON’T HIT ME WITH THEIR CAR ONE DAY.

  • Candy1

    I have NEVER done this because it is irresponsible and inconsiderate. I run a guilt trip on people when they do it if I’m in the car. My husband almost had an accident like that last week. I don’t do it because I don’t want to put my life or anyone else’s life in danger.