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Features : Editorial Last Updated: Jun 19, 2013 - 9:34:00 AM

Texting while driving should be illegal
By Grace Murray
Jun 19, 2013 - 9:32:25 AM

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Editor’s Note: Grace Murray recently finished 5th grade at Daniel Island Elementary School and wrote a research project on texting and driving. She got very involved in the subject and wanted to put a local feel to it. She emailed Mayor Riley to set up an appointment to go and interview him. He very graciously accepted. He spent about 30 minutes with her and gave her some very useful information.

Do you think texting while driving should be illegal in all 50 states? One reason it should be illegal is because most of the accidents you see on the road are caused by texting and driving. One reason it shouldn’t be illegal is because some texts update you on severe weather and news.
My opinion is that texting and driving should be illegal.
First, texting while driving is the same as drinking after four beers. Drinking while driving is against the law.  Texting while driving should be too. Fifty percent of Americans think that texting and driving should be punished just as harshly as drinking and driving. Texting and driving kills more teens annually than drinking and driving does. We need to change that!
Secondly, texting and driving kills more teens than adults each year. 87% of teens think that texting and driving is dangerous. 80% of teenage girls admit to texting behind the wheel. Only 50% of teenage boys admit to texting behind the wheel! All State Foundation states that 65% of teens have asked someone to stop texting and driving. Texting and driving is the worst driving distraction and we need to make it illegal!
Mayor Riley thinks that texting while driving should be illegal in all 50 states! Mayor Riley says, “You can’t be 100% attentive to the road while you are on your phone!" Mayor Riley said that he was going to propose an ordinance at a City Council meeting. In other words, Mayor Riley was going to propose a bill about texting while driving being illegal in Charleston and the City Council would vote on if they wanted it or not. Mayor Riley was a very helpful person to interview in this project. I hope texting while driving is illegal in Charleston!
Finally, no text is worth a life. Would you rather text and drive, or not die. 1,600,000 accidents are caused each year by texting and driving. There are nearly 11 teen deaths every day from texting and driving. That’s nearly 4,015 teen deaths each year! Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash. We need to stop those deaths!
In conclusion, I think texting while driving should be illegal in all 50 states. Do you really want to live in a world with texting and driving? Just make sure your driver is safe! Make them turn off their cell phones when they are driving. With our actions and the Mayors support we can make a change! We need to act on this issue now. A little action goes a long way!

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