This is Why You Don’t Text and Drive

by • January 16, 2014 • Cars & Rides, VideosComments (0)

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This is why you don't text while you drive

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about texting while you drive? Many states have passed laws banning the practice, as studies have shown a strong association between drivers texting and accidents. In 2011, 23% of automobile collisions involved cell phones, which works out to roughly 1.3 million crashes. That’s a lot of distracted drivers. And texting is even worse than just chatting on the phone, because with texting, you have to look down while you drive in order to type out on the keyboard. You’ve undoubtedly seen drivers texting while you’ve been out on the road, and maybe you’ve even been in the car with someone who insists on texting behind the wheel. One of my biggest pet peeves is drivers whose recklessness puts others at risk, so I make it a point to act rudely towards such drivers when I see them. Hostile hand gestures when stopped at the next red light usually do the trick. You just have to make sure they know what you’re upset about.

This is a video that was filmed in Florida. It’s a dash-cam video from a police patrol car of a driver swerving in his lane and accelerating and braking erratically. The police car followed behind, only to see the driver speed up again, swerve off the road and end up upside down after flipping his car. The driver was cited for reckless driving and texting while driving, and the Fort Meyers Police Department released the dash-cam video in hopes that it will encourage other drivers to cut it out with the texting. Watch it below. If you like it, ‘Share’ it.

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