Friday, August 22, 2008

Cellphones and Driving

Columbus, Ohio. Attorney David Bressman, in addition to representing personal injury victims, is also the father of two teenagers and a member of the Worthington School Board. He has seen the effects of distracted driving. One such distraction is the use of texting while driving.

Text messaging, or “texting” by teens, a driving distraction related to cellphone use, was the subject of an August 2006 Teens Today survey conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The survey showed that teens considered sending text messages via cellphones to be their biggest distraction. Of the teens surveyed, 37 percent said that text messaging was extremely or very distracting, while 20 percent said that they were distracted by their emotional states and 19 percent said that having friends in the car was distracting. The January 2007 survey by Nationwide found that 19 percent of motorists say they text message while driving.

Think this doesn't happen? Keep reading

Ohio authorities: Texting blamed for car crash
Friday, August 22, 2008 9:46 AM
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in southwest Ohio say a driver admitted that she was using a cell phone to text-message a friend when her car went off the road, hit a mailbox and overturned.

Eighteen-year-old Sarah Stearns of Monroe was thrown from the vehicle about 2 a.m. Wednesday. A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol says Stearns has been cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

Stearns was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say they don't know how many accidents occur while drivers are texting. The Ohio Department of Public Safety says similar practices, such as talking on a cell phone or putting on makeup, fall into a catch-all category of "driver inattention."

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