2009-2010 News — 22 January 2010
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By Onisha Barham

Most Oakland High Students who drive are aware of the law against texting while driving. The new Wireless Communications Device Law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. This law went into effect as of January 1, 2009.

While teens are texting and driving, they avoid thinking of the dangers. They put their own lives at risk as well as endangering others on the road.

According to the AllState Auto Insurance statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of deaths among American teens, more than drugs, alcohol, violence or suicide.

According to the New York Times, texting while driving is a much greater distraction than any other. Virginia Tech’s new study says that truck drivers’ collision risk was 23 times greater when texting than when not texting.

Currently, Oakland High students acknowledge the dangers of texting while driving but choose to text anyway despite the law.

“Red light, it’s okay to text. Green light, no!” said Jaeda O’Neal, senior.

Whether you’re at a red light or on the freeway the dangers of texting while driving still remain the same.

“I know people have been in accidents because of it,” said Nancy Nguyen, senior, “But I don’t really see the harm.”

I believe the risk you take while responding to a text is too great; is the life of someone worth the response to that text message? Something as little as a text message can cause a three-car collision or worse.

Just take a second to think before responding to a text message while driving. Think beyond those five seconds you take to look down: “What’s the worst that could happen?”

Someone could be injured or, worse, you or someone else could end up dead. It may not seem realistic but the harm in texting while driving is potentially fatal. According to the Virginia Tech study, it’s even more so then taking a phone call.

For your safety and others’ as well, don’t text while driving. No text is to die for.

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