Teens at Risk When Texting and Driving

Most people are aware of the dangers that are present when teen drivers get behind the wheel after having been drinking alcohol. And yet many still do it on a regular basis. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around a million teens that drink and drive each year. Motor vehicle deaths are also the leading cause of death for teens in America. Beyond driving under the influence (DUI), there may be more of a reason to have a discussion with teens about texting and driving.

Over 75 percent of teenagers today have cell phones according to the research. What's more, the CDC reports that 31 percent of the teens had admitted to engaging in texting while they were behind the wheel. Problem is, researchers are now finding that texting while driving may put teens at a greater risk than even DUI. While we don't want them to be DUI, it stands to reason that most parents are already discussing that issue with their teens. However, they may not be discussing just how risky it can be to use the cell phone while driving.

Parents should speak with their teen drivers to let them know the risks that are involved and how important it is that they not text while driving. It is important to let them know that just like they don't want them DUI, they also don't want them texting while driving because distracted driving is every bit as dangerous.

Texting while driving has become such a big issue across country, including right here in the Rocklin and Roseville areas. Teens who are texting and driving can exhibit some of the same characteristics of those who are DUI, and may put themselves at a higher risk for accidents. Distracted driving sends over 1,000 people to the hospital each day across the country, as a result of accidents that occur.

In California, like in many states around the country, texting while driving has become a big issue, and not just where it concerns teenage drivers. Last year the state government made it legal to engage in hands-free texting and e-mail while driving, although some still question the safety of it and how much of a distraction it may cause.

Parents who have teen drivers face more concerns than parents did decades ago. While it used to be they would worry about the possibility of their teen DUI or drag racing, they now have the added layer of texting while driving to be concerned with. Whether they are in the Rocklin and Roseville area or beyond, it is never too early to start discussing the dangers of both texting while driving and DUI with teens.


The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at tgilbeau@gilbeaulaw.com. Click here for the firm website http://www.gilbeaulaw.com/

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