Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

While DWI, which stands for driving while intoxicated, is a serious traffic violation that involves either alcohol or drugs, the website of Online Schools.com found a unique way of using the same acronym, but with a rather amusing meaning – “driving while inTEXTicated.”

There is definitely nothing wrong with texting or talking with someone over the phone, but do any of these chores while driving, then the effect can even be fatal.

The Danger of Using a Phone While Driving

Records from the National Safety Council, a non-governmental and non-profit public service group established to help promote health and protect life in the United States, show as many as 1.6 million car accidents annually all due to the use of a cell phone while driving. Injuries and deaths on a daily basis, according to From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are 1,153 and 9, respectively. The sadder part of the reports, however, rest on the fact that majority of those involved in the accidents were young drivers, aged from 18 to 20, who admitted to have been texting someone at the time of collision.

The use of cell phone while driving is considered to be the worst and most dangerous form of distracted driving. Despite the recorded dangers it presents, states still vary with regard to the prohibition of the use cell phone while behind the wheel.

State Laws on Cell Phone Use While Driving

A total of 44 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and D.C., strictly prohibit text messaging (but not talking on the phone), for all types of drivers; D.C. and about 37 states, on the other hand, ban new drivers and teens any form of cell phone use.

Texting, though, is not the only dangerous activity behind the wheel. Talking with someone, whether using a handheld or hands-free phone, is even found to be more dangerous, actually causing more accidents than texting. This is because talking greatly increases the chance of keeping a driver’s eyes and attention off the road and driving task.

According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, accidents due to cell phone use are definitely preventable. While the federal government has ruled the use of a bluetooth headset for truck drivers to avoid their use of a cell phone, this mandate is yet to be required to drivers of smaller vehicles.

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