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Friday, July 10, 2015

Cut It Out - Just Drive! Guest Post By Landon Biehl

A few days back, I got a mail from Landon, saying that he had read one of my articles Why Do Teens Engage In Texting And Driving and that he himself has been actively campaigning to spread awareness about the same. Teenagers end up putting themselves in extreme danger when they indulge in cell phone or gadget use while driving, and sadly, statistics only show how big the problem is. 

As being an aware and responsible citizen himself, Landon feels it is best to spread the word and share the information with as many people as possible. Of course I wanted to have him here for a guest post. So here is what Landon has to share about the dangers of teenagers who drive while being engaged in gadget use. It's worth a read!

How many of you are tired of constantly seeing cars and other motorists on the road swerve in and out of lanes? Or, nearly rear end another motorist, or run a stoplight where they shouldn’t have? Then, when you pull up next to them and take a glance in their direction, you see a phone in their hand, or up to their ear.

Can we all not just drive? Do we have to constantly be connected to our smartphones, or piece of technology when driving a car? Technology use while operating any type of automobile is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. With the recent laws and regulations mandated against texting and driving, one would think most would put their phones away completely, at all times.
In many cases, the victims of these actions are teenagers. The most inexperienced of drivers are, in many cases, the individuals adding potential danger to our streets. We live in such a technologically driven world that, without constant use of a smart phone- teens feel disoriented and displaced from a common behavior.

In fact, a recent study was conducted on teen perceptions when it comes to texting and driving. A few hundred teens in the Richmond, VA area were surveyed on their views on texting and driving, as well as their engagement with the behavior and who they engage with while driving. With the study, a startling 93% of teens knew texting was banned in Virginia, yet 58% of these teens still engaged in the behavior.

The study also revealed that the primary way of communicating the dangers of distracted driving is to direct strategies towards parents. Since parents are the main role models of most children, parents should be sure to practice safe behaviors while driving, and put their phones down as well!

With this being said, a great resource for talking to teens about distracted driving should assist with reducing these numbers of accidents. Parents- please note the results from the study, and be sure to use these resources to educate others on the seriousness of texting and driving. We need to help reduce the number of texting instances among our teens.

Thank you so much Landon for the article and for sharing it here with us.

Landon resides in sunny North Carolina and is an advocate for safety, especially when it comes to texting and driving. Landon is a recent graduate from UNCW and enjoys spending time at the beach, as well as becoming informed of new technology. He loves to run, kayak, as well as surf.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta