The dangers of texting and driving

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Texting and driving is often considered to be one of the most harmful things a driver can do.

Some say it’s even more dangerous than drinking and driving.

In reality, nearly 40 percent of drivers under the age of 30 admit to texting and driving.

Fourteen percent of drivers between the ages of 28 and 44 admit to texting and driving as well.

“We’ve got to do this, we’ve got to do that and we try to put them together all at one time, and it becomes a recipe for disaster,” said training specialist Byron Partridge.

In 2011, nearly a trillion text messages were sent worldwide, and that number is only excepted to grow.

Texting and driving often produces swerving and erratic driving, which usually makes one assume that the driver is drunk, not texting.

“They say the average texter is going to take their eyes off the wheel for 4.6 seconds out of every six seconds they travel,” Partridge said. “You’re talking about the length of a football field and not even looking at the highway.”

It’s a dangerous practice, and it should be avoided.

“It’s a responsibility, a huge responsibility. That’s the key word that we’ve got to take seriously,” Partridge said.

New statistics show that texting and driving is responsible for 11 teen deaths every day. Likewise, it causes nearly 25 percent of all accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council.

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