A few days ago, one of my friends in China got injured from a car accident, in which the driver was texting while driving.
The tragedy reminds me of an informal survey I did during this summer. The survey was based on the new policy about “texting-while-driving.”
Gov.Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation increasing penalties for teens caught texting-while-driving, and the penalties apply to any kind of cell-phone activity while driving. Under the proposal, violators’ licenses would be suspended for 60 days after their first conviction.
The number of cellphone-related car accidents in New York State increased by 143 percent between 2005 and 2011, according to New York.
According to my informal survey of 10 New Yorkers from East Village area, teenagers spend more time on texting than the older group and about 10% of people interviewed drive and text.
Drivers talking on cell phones are 18% slower to react to brake lights in front of them and they take 17% longer to return to their original speed after braking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Also, early CBS reports showed that Harvard researchers estimate about one in 20 U.S. traffic accident involve a driver talking on a cell phone.
The legislation brought people in agreement. Most of people think the policy was fairly helpful and efficient.
However, there are still lots of people who remain neglectful the importance of not doing something else while driving. I think it is not only the governments’ responsibilities to reinforce the laws, but also people’s obligations to control themselves.
Please, when you drive, do not do anything else.
Texts can be delayed, lives can not.