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Texting and Driving

February 26, 2010
By BrittanyHale SILVER, Orlando, Florida
BrittanyHale SILVER, Orlando, Florida
6 articles 1 photo 37 comments

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A Kiss is a lovely trick,designed by nature to stop word when speech becomes superflous.

In 2008 nearly 800,000 Americans texted while driving. And out of that 800,000 people, 6,000 of them died.

I love texting.Alot of us teenagers do. We spend most of our time fingers on the pad of our cell phones or behind computers im-ing each other. TTYL,LOL,ROFL. And so on. We all have our diffrent ways of texting.Adding little smiley faces to it or hearts. But we shouldn't be doing that behind the wheel of a car. Because you could just be looking at your phone reading a text and then BOOM someones life is taken in an instance. All because of texting. And just because you don't see it doesn't mean it never happens. Forty-eight percent of teens say they've been in the car while the driver was texting. They could've died. All because the driver had an 'Important' text. I mean we all think our texts are important. They could be from the one guy that you like and he's texting you. Of course you have to anwser it because you've been waiting for him to ask you. You dont necessairly have to be behind the wheel to cause the crash because of texting. You could simply show the driver the text and there you go a life is taken once again. People that text are 23% more likely to get into a car accident.Even reaching for your cell phone can cause a crash. Over 60% of American teens admitted to risky driving. And it doesn't have to be teen drivers causing the crashes. Almost 50% are people 18 or older.25% of police reported car crashes are caused by distracted driving. I love texting. I honestly and seriously do. But I dont drive and text and I don't get into the car with someone who drives and texts. But remember those facts I gave you.Please. Because you could possibly be apart of the next 6,000 that die from texting and driving.

Please put your phones away when you get into the car.

The author's comments:
I was watching a commercial that asked to stop texting and driving. It gave diffrent facts about it. And it showed pictures of victims from crashes so I thought it was a big topic because alot of us text,especially while driving. And it honestly needs to stop.So I wrote this because I thought it was a big situation that needed to be heard.

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This article has 3 comments.

on May. 3 2010 at 2:57 pm
Shannon_Bananon, Loveland, Ohio
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About talking; why don't people ever think before they talk? It would save so much trouble; it would also save me from wanting to slap about half of the world's population.
~Fictional Character (Brilliant, but, sadly, fake.)

Your article wasn't exactly well written, but it was a good message. The statistics were a plus!

on Mar. 5 2010 at 7:03 pm
BrittanyHale SILVER, Orlando, Florida
6 articles 1 photo 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
A Kiss is a lovely trick,designed by nature to stop word when speech becomes superflous.

Thank You.I will keep that in mind.

MountainGirl said...
on Mar. 5 2010 at 12:09 pm
MountainGirl, Boulder, Colorado
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Your article is nicely written. and you have a catchy topic sentence. You might want to revise it for some typos. For example, it might read better if you write out the words instead of using abbreviations- like "Instant-messaging" instead of "im-ing" and "should not" instead of "shouldn't." Alos, you should be consistent with numbers and percentages- either write them all out as words, or write them in numerical form. I enjoyed reading your article!