Texting and Driving is Just as Dangerous as Drinking and Driving
Take the Pledge to Drive Now -- Text Later
School groups can register for a one hour presentation and text/drive simulation. Provided by the St.Vincent Trauma Team. Call 317-338-7256 or email Charity.Cummiskey@stvincent.org.
FACT: 60% of teens admit they text and drive. Two seconds doesn’t seem like a big deal. After all, it’s just a couple of seconds, right? But when you text and drive, that’s all it takes to lose control of your vehicle and hurt yourself or someone else.
FACT: Distracted driving is the number-one killer of teenagers in the United States. This means it’s more important than ever to put the phone away while driving, and focus your attention on the road. Arriving safely should be your only priority when heading to your destination.
FACT: Texting and driving is not only as dangerous as driving drunk, it’s also illegal in Indiana. Police won’t hesitate to pull you over and write you a ticket for messing with your cell phone. But compared to being involved in a fatal traffic accident, that’s getting off easy. At the St.Vincent Trauma Center (a Level 1 trauma center for ages 15 and older), we often see what happens when people decide to text and drive instead of paying attention to the road. We’d prefer not to see it happen to you. So the next time you think about sending or reading a text while you’re driving, think again. It just might save your life.