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Texting to Death

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Texting is something that has become a huge part of everyone’s lives. In fact, by just looking around outside, you could probably spot several people on their phones sending a message to someone. However, this seemingly harmless activity could be very deadly. Since the rise of texting, there has been many text message related car accidents and deaths. Action is being taken to prevent such occurrences. It is currently illegal to text and drive in 30 states. There is also a new Smartphone app called “urTXT.” It was developed by a kid named Zach Veach, who is apart of Oprah’s “No Phone Zone” anti-texting campaign. The Android app sends an automated reply to any of the text messages a driver may receive while driving, which says that they are currently behind the wheel and will reply when they get off of the road. The amazing part is that Veach is just 15 years old.

I think this is a great idea for an application. I could see many people taking advantage of it. One of my biggest pet peeves is texting and driving. I refuse to let anyone do it while I am in the car with them. I feel like it’s completely unnecessary to jeopardize your safety just to send a text. I believe many people feel the same way as I do. Police in Cerro Gordo, Iowa are taking a hands-on approach to the issue. They are giving out pink and blue thumb bands that read “TXTING KILLS.” This is with the idea that most people use their thumbs to text and thus will serve as a deterrent. The bands resemble the popular Livestrong bracelets and will serve as a tool for awareness. The Iowa’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau purchased 30,000 bands to distribute. They were well received, and 30,000 to 60,000 more are expected to be ordered. If more people get on board I think it could be a great step in the right direction.

 

http://smallbusiness.aol.com/2010/09/23/zach-veach-a-15-year-old-takes-on-texting-and-driving/

 

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Written by courtklop

November 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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