With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD
all governmental functions, the policing function
is arguably the most visible, the most immediate,
the most intimately involved with the well being
of individuals and the health of communities
- Jeremy Travis, Director National Institute of
Texting and Driving
As I sit in front of my computer thinking of what
to write about this month, I was reminded that Downtowner
Publisher Jack Armistead has been asking me for
some time to do an article about texting and driving.
In this first article of the New Year, I challenge
all of you to take a look at these statistics taken
from www.textinganddrivingsafety.com and I challenge
each of you to add one more New Years resolution
to your list this year -- not to text and drive.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety Fatality Facts, 11 TEENS die every day due
to texting and driving.
Did you also know;
* Texting while driving make a crash 23 times more
* Thirteen to 20% of 18-20-year-olds involved in
a crash admitted to using their phone while driving.
* Texting and Driving causes 1.6 million accidents
* It is six times more likely to cause an accident
than drinking and driving.
* Its not limited to only teen drivers, adults
do it as well.
As we begin 2015, I encourage each of you to drive
safely, and, as a reminder, Virginia State Code
46.2- 1078.1 governs Virginias law on texting
and driving. Put this column on your fridge as a
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and I look forward to seeing you Downtown, in
the Green Sector.