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Distracted Driving – It Can Wait!

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Elizabeth Kostalnick, Page Editor

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As spring is approaching new drivers are making their way onto the streets. However the safety of the roads are always in question. Texting and driving, even though illegal, still happens every day.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year,” said Edgar Snyder and Associates.

These crashes can be easily prevented by simply putting your phone away or on do not disturb.

Being a teen, getting your license is new and exciting. However, crashing your first car is certainly not.

Distracted driving is not only just texting and driving. Distracted driving includes, eating and driving, changing the radio station, grabbing something from your purse, doing makeup, and many more.

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Distracted driving comes in many forms including eating while behind the wheel.

In order to stay on track while driving, all distractions should be put away to avoid crashes. Crashes during your first year of driving are very likely if precautions are not taking accordingly.

The scary statistics of car crashes show the unsettling truth, “21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones,” said Edgar Snyder and Associates.

Car crashes with teens are more likely to happen when distracted because you are not paying attention to the road.

“I personally think that texting and driving is really dangerous. When you drive, you need to put all your attention on the road because you never know what could jump out in front of you,” said Nick Strain (‘21).

When driving, it is important to put your phone down and stay attentive. For a great PSA on texting and driving check out this YouTube video link.

Also check out out article on drinking and driving – the new DUI ballot.

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