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Community: Safe Texting and Driving Doesn't Exist!

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Community: Safe Texting and Driving Doesn't Exist!
Hi Bel-Air Association,
Safe Texting and Driving Doesn't Exist!

There is no such thing as safe texting and driving. Texting while driving is dangerous and is one of the leading causes of traffic injuries and deaths across North America.

According to the Los Angeles Superior Court On-Line Bail Schedule 2013, the fee for Driving While Texting (23123.5(a) Vehicle Code) is $20.00 plus penalty fees for a total of $169.00.

Distracted Driving Is Dangerous

The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life.

•The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,092 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 416,000 people wounded.
•Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger, according to a Pew survey.
•The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
•Eleven percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed.
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