Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
As a public service during homecoming week, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is warning teens of the dangers of texting while driving.
"Texting is the most distracting of all cell phone related activities," said FCHS Resource Officer Jeff Sanders. "The most important reason texting is worse than talking while driving is that serious injury and even death can result because a driver's eyes are not on the road."
Texting while driving results in longer response times than even drunken driving, Sanders said. Texting while driving increases the risk of accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving.
"Especially among teens, texting results in erratic driving behavior, like lane weaving and speeding up and slowing down, increasing the likelihood of hurting pedestrians and running into other vehicles," Sanders said.
"Can you imagine living the rest of your life knowing that because you were texting while driving, a life was lost?" Sanders asked. "And you can go to jail for a very long time."