Why Texting Behind The Wheel Is Never Okay

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Lillian lost her life over a text.

Last year, Lillian Propes, 16, was driving on the highway when she got a text. She went to write back, lost control of her truck, crashed off the side of the road and died. Just like that.

Her friends, her family, anyone who knew her was affected by this–and what about the person she was trying to text back? Not that it was their fault that Lillian picked up her phone, but I can’t even imagine how they feel about her loss.

Whether or not you think texting while driving is a big deal, it’s important to know the facts:

* Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in America.

Put. The. Phone. Down.

* Around 3,000 teens die in car crashes each year.
* Studies have shown that texting while driving is actually more dangerous than drinking and driving–and we all know how stupid it is to be drunk behind the wheel!
* Even though most teens have heard texting behind the wheel is dangerous, more than half say they still do it sometimes, and almost a third say they do it often.
*Texting while driving is illegal in at least 34 states.
* It might just take one text to end your life or the life of someone you love.

I get it. You need to text your mom to tell her where you are; you can’t wait to read the text from that cute guy in 4th period bio; you need to respond to your bestie’s silly joke–but it can wait. I promise you that those people (all of them!) would rather wait a little while to hear back from you than to wait forever to hear your voice again. Really.

What do you think about texting while driving? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Miles

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  • ClaireDevine

    Although I can’t drive yet, I am always on my friends and family’s cases about texting while driving. If they get a text message, I always type for them. And, as my mom always says, if something was really THAT important, then the person would probably call instead of text you. (if that makes sense at all…)

  • Ashley

    I text and drive I said I wouldn’t but I do. If I have a novel to type I wait till I’m at a light or stop sign, and I don’t text when I’m going fast or there’s other cars around.

  • Rose

    @Not an idiot

    And do you think the numerous people who died doing the exact same things you do willingly called themselves ‘idiots’? It only takes a split second for an accident to happen, and it may be spent on giving attention to something relatively unimportant, like a text -__-

    • Stargirl25

      I agree. It’s not like anyone would say “Well I am an idiot, so I guess I shouldn’t text and drive.”

  • Tori

    Totally agree with this. It’s time for teens to be informed! Texting while driving not only puts yourself at risk, but it also puts the drivers around you at risk!

  • Not an idiot

    I text and drive…I’m just not an idiot.
    Oh I also drink and drive but I know my limit because …wait for it…I’M NOT AN IDIOT.

    • Rachel

      You say that now. Idiocy is just a little part of the situation you find yourself in.

    • unknown

      man you are an idiot. your risking your life, and someone elses