USA Seeks International Ban On Texting While Driving

texting while drivingMaybe you think it’s OK to take your eyes off the road for a moment or two to check your phone for a text message, but did you know texting while driving makes it 23 times more likely you would be in a crash. As the problem of distracted driving is becoming more and more widespread in this country, the United States has decided to push the United Nations  for a global resolution to support an international ban on texting while driving.

According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 U.S. states have bans on texting while driving. There is a difference in states between whether the ban is a primary offense, where a driver can be pulled over by police because they are violating the ban, or a secondary offense where the driver is pulled over for a traffic violation and cited for texting while driving.

A United Nations Ambassador, Samantha Power, is behind the initiative to globally outlaw texting while driving. She cites the fact that texting while driving is becoming a global epidemic and that more and more teens are being killed while texting. This has been proven with research by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York – they found more than 300,000 teens are injured and 3,000 die each year due to texting while driving. In contrast, 282,000 teens are injured and 2,700 are killed due to drinking and driving. All cellphone use for novice drivers is restricted in 30 states, and fines and penalties for texting while driving and use of cell phones vary according to state.

With her remarks to the United Nations, Ambassador Powers hopes to bring attention to the fact that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and can delay a driver’s reactions to a situation in the same way that drinking and driving can.