I was watching the News a few days ago when a story came on about a woman caught on video text messaging while driving. Though stories such as this are nothing new, they are always shocking and, quite frankly, really get me worked up. Would you drive drunk with your children in the car? Why not? It’s just the same as texting!
In many places, text messaging while driving has been banned. For some reason, several Canadian provinces have proved to be as quick to implement a new law as my son is at cleaning his room. How many people need to die before provincial legislatures pull their thumbs off their cell phones and create a text messaging ban?
An article published yesterday in the Calgary Herald talks about a study recently released by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. According to this study, the risk of crashing increases a staggering 23 times when texting. If you don’t think that’s much, why not look at it in a different perspective. Would you drive, or allow your children to drive, while under the influence of alcohol? Of course you wouldn’t! According to a different study done by Car and Driver, a driver’s response time is significantly slower when text messaging compared to when they are over the legal driving blood-alcohol limit. You can read this report here (make sure to check out the video too).
As far as I’m concerned, there is no doubt at all that texting while driving should be illegal. Period. There are far too many people with the “it won’t happen to me” attitude; most people recognize the dangers and agree there should be a ban but still they continue to text message while driving.
So, what’s your stance on the issue? Do you text message while driving? Should it be banned in every province? What do you think the penalties should be? What if it was your teenager who caused the accident? Feel free to comment!