Our government spends months arguing over a ridiculous health care bill, worries about giving money to the auto industry, 10 million for mice studies, and blah blah blah. Why aren't they spending time and worry about real issues at hand....like kids driving cars while texting and talking on the phone, kids sitting in class texting in their purses or pockets instead of listening to their teachers, kids dying and causing accidents because of these cell phones!!!!!
Yesterday I was in my car sitting at a stoplight, when in the lane next to me a young girl blows by me on her cell phone and runs the red light!!! Last week I was driving down the hill on 96 and the car infront of me was swerving all over. They got in the right lane and I went into the left lane to turn on the stop sign, I looked over and he was texting! That's why he was swerving all over. Two months ago a 17 year old boy was killed on a curve in our town because he was texting instead of watchin the road.
Why isn't the government working on a law about this cell phone use?!? We have kids dying here and innocent people dying because of these kids and their cell phones. We have an entire generation not learning in school cuz they are too worried about texting during class. We have kids suffering harrassment from cell phone bullying also.
Here is what I propose to the all mighty U.S. government.....New Law for Cell Phone Use~you must be 21 years old to own a cell phone!!! You have to be mature to legally have a beer, why don't you have to be mature to use a cell phone? Driving and talking or texting is just as deadly as driving and drinking.
We have to get our government to see what is happening here, it's a very real problem. Here are the latest stats and I'm sure the numbers on even higher now with 2009 almost over:
Teen Driver Cell Phone and Text Messaging Statistics
•Despite the risks, the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone driving restrictions.
•In 2007, driver distractions, such as using a cell phone or text messaging, contributed to nearly 1,000 crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers.
•Over 60 percent of American teens admit to risky driving, and nearly half of those that admit to risky driving also admit to text messaging behind the wheel.
•Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year.
•Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving.
•Over one-third of all young drivers, ages 24 and under, are texting on the road.
•Teens say that texting is their number one driver distraction.
These stats are frightening! Let's write the government, email Obama, call our congressmen and get them to sit up and pay attention to this deadly growing problem.