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Driving and Cell Phone Use

We have all seen the public service announcements on TV about driving and texting and cell phone use. Some cell phone providers even have apps that will send all calls to voice mail or block text messages when the car is traveling over 25 miles per hour. Car companies have built on board communication that is voice activated to prevent the distraction of talking or texting and driving. Insurance companies understand the statistics about teen driving and making good decisions. Car insurance rates, for drivers under 25 years of age are higher and rightfully so. Teens are not aware of dangers, often believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them and will also engage in risky behavior because it is exciting. I went through this with my own daughter. When she was out driving or a passenger in a car, I could only warn her and hope she would heed my words. If you are one of those parents who is losing sleep over a teen who is driving and they have a cell phone or Smartphone (which most do) it is worth it to look into doing more than warn your teens and hope they obey the rules.

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Distracted driving is now punishable by arrest, tickets, fines, increased insurance rates, in addition to the risk of injury and death. Several states have laws in place that no more than two teens can be in a vehicle and some states don’t allow any other teen passengers. This is because car accidents are the leading reason for teen deaths. A car full of teenagers is the ultimate in distracted driving and places everyone inside and outside the vehicle at risk. Phone use while driving is illegal and must be enforced because teens (and adults) often forget the rules, are in a hurry, are thinking about other things, involved in social activities or believe that they can handle phone use while driving. Teenagers are also known to make risky decisions, which put them, their passengers and other people traveling on the same road in danger.

A first step for parents is to make it crystal clear that distracted driving is dangerous and that it can be fatal. Then, establish penalties for violating the rules, such as a loss of their driving privileges, grounding them and other equally severe punishment, which is minor when you compare it to the outcome of an auto accident. Law enforcement penalties will only apply if they are caught; parents need tools to know if their teen is violating the rules at all times. In addition to cell phone apps and vehicle controls that will not complete calls when the vehicle is traveling at a certain speed, parents can place monitoring programs on their child’s phone.

This article was written by Veronica Small who does not talk or text while driving, and blogs passionately for Phone Sheriff a Parental Control Software for mobile phones.

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