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Texting While Driving – Is a Federal Ban Necessary?

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According to the Montgomery County News, a one car accident occured near Splendora, TX on June 7, leaving the driver critically injured and the passenger dead. The accident has been attributed to the fact that the driver was texting while driving. The passenger, who died several days after the accident,

told the trooper the last thing he recalled was looking up from texting, realizing the truck was about to go into a ditch and calling out to the driver, who he said was also texting.

The next thing he recalled, according to his statement, he was on the ground outside of the truck which was upside down with major damage and his friend critically injured and still inside.

This is an example of one of many accidents occuring because of texting while driving across the United States. Alabama, specifically, ranks the third highest in number of drivers who text while driving in the U.S. (thirty-four percent of drivers), according to a recent survey published by Vlingo Corp. The survey found the highest percentage of texting drivers in Tennessee with forty-two percent, with New Jersey coming in second with thirty-five percent. The lowest percentage was found in Arizona.

While the number of texting while driving related accidents are on the rise, should there be a federal ban on texting while driving? Thirteen states currently have laws against texting while driving and seventeen more states are considering such laws, but some believe that there should be a federal ban, according to an article on CBS News’ website. One family whose daughter was killed last year are pushing for a federal ban on texting while driving. The young woman was not texting, but the driver of a tractor trailer a few cars behind her was, leading to her death and the death of another driver.

The largest number of people texting while driving are between 18 and 24. One out of two drivers in this age range text while driving. Some parents who have become worried about their children texting have installed cameras in the young adults’ cars. This age group as well as other drivers have learned not to drink and drive because it’s against the law so advocates of a federal ban on texting while driving are hoping it will have the same effect as drinking and driving and drivers will keep their eyes on the road and off of their cell phones.