Thirteen percent of 18- to 20-year-olds who were involved in an automobile crash admitted they were sending or receiving text messages, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The institute also found text messaging increased the risk for crashes by 23 percent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3,328 people were killed in 2012 due to a distracted driver, while 421,000 were injured. One in five crashes involved distracted driving. Experts say teenagers are at an increased risk due to a lack of experience; they have the highest rate of distracted driving-related fatal crashes.
Students at Navarre High School learned firsthand about the dangers of texting while driving when the Unite Arrive Alive Tour visited during the Beach Bowl football game Nov. 7.
Read more in the Nov. 6 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe online here.