Dan O'Brien and I were asked to talk to the parents' community at Germantown Academy a couple of weeks ago about the dangers of texting while driving as part of our Teen Driving Safety Summit program we bring to various local schools.
At the meeting, we discussed the new PA no texting while driving law and its effects. Many parents wanted to know if we thought drivers will abide by the new law.
Our answer was unfortunately "no". Before this State law, Philadelphia County passed an ordinance in December 2009 that banned drivers from using handheld cell phones in any way.
6 months after the ban, approximately 7,500 tickets were issued. A year after the ban, approximately 17,500 tickets were issued. Rather than seeing a decrease in the number of tickets issued, the number actually more than doubled.
It is very likely that this will happen with the new law against texting while driving.
Until there is a social stigma like there is with driving under the influence, drivers will probably continue to text and drive.
Many drivers do not believe that texting while driving is dangerous. You may be shocked to learn that countless research has shown that texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
We, as drivers and as role models to our children, must comply with the texting law. We have to set examples for young drivers. I also hope drivers go one step further than the law and do not talk on the cell phone while driving.
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