What do the following four text messages have in common?
- where r
- where you at
If you guessed, these text messages were sent by distracted drivers who became involved in a serious automobile accident, then you are right. Studies show that a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident if they text and drive.
Unbelievably, texting and driving is not a stand alone New York traffic violation. Unless you are also committing another moving violation, then a police officer cannot charge you with illegal texting. This problem has not been fixed despite my many posts about this loophole.
AT&T is taking the lead in discouraging texting and driving by creating an impactful video about the dangers associated with such activity. It is a must-watch for anyone who refuses to put his or her cell phone down while driving.