Letter: No one can text and drive safely

Cellphone usage, especially in the form of texting, is a common distraction not only among college-aged students, but also for adults and horrifyingly for new, inexperienced drivers. New drivers see their older siblings or parents texting and assume that texting while driving is not really as hazardous as anti-texting-and-driving organizations claim.

The YouTube video “The impossible texting and driving test” shows students drivers trying to pass a text-and-drive to receive their driver’s licenses. After hitting countless cones and slamming the brakes multiple times, each student admitted that it was impossible to text and drive safely.

Statistic show that over 800,000 people are texting and driving at any given time. Many justify texting and driving by saying they only glance down for a second. It only takes five seconds to read a text message, but when driving at 55 miles an hour, that equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. This increases drivers’ chances of having an accident by 23 times. Drivers need to put down their phones while they are driving because they are not superman. They cannot drive and text safely.

For more information, and to watch the YouTube video mentioned, visit these websites:

http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbjSWDwJILs

Alissa Clouse

college student

Baton Rouge