Nearly Half of Nation’s Teens Admit to Texting while Driving
In the United States, virtually every child over the age of ten owns some type of cell phone. Somewhat surprisingly, though, most kids don't actually talk on their phones, unless it's to check in with their parents. Rather, they communicate with their friends via text messages, play online games, or take pictures.
The ubiquity of texting has proven to be a real problem when it comes to teenaged drivers. According to a recent AT&T survey, nearly half of all teens polled admitted to texting while driving, usually while they're mired in heavy traffic or stopped at a red light. A significant majority of these teens say they have been specifically warned by their parents about the dangers of texting and driving, but are inclined to ignore these warnings because they see their parents engaged in the exact same behavior!
Over the past few years, an increasing number of states have passed a series of laws aimed at texting drivers (not only teens, but adults, as well). Being caught texting while driving cannot only result in stiff fines, but, if the circumstances warrant, the offender can find himself without a license or even serving prison time for vehicular homicide, as in the recent case of a Massachusetts teen who was involved in a fatal accident while texting on his phone.
At Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, we know how serious a charge of texting while driving can be, especially for beginning or inexperienced drivers. When it comes to texting, police, judges, and juries, guilt is usually the presumption, especially if the offender is a 16-year-old texting friends about a big party.