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    Study: texting and driving killed at least 16,000 in U.S.

    Homepage, Uncategorizedon September 28th, 20101 Comment

    (Sept. 27) — Sending text messages while driving was the culprit in the deaths of an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007. Even more sobering, researchers warn that fatalities have shot up significantly since 2005.

    An analysis of federal data on road fatalities, published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that deaths due to “distracted driving” surged from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. That’s a 28 percent increase in three years.

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    One Response to “Study: texting and driving killed at least 16,000 in U.S.”

    1. stptxting says:

      I would just like to say that i am VERY much behind you on this issue and let me tell you why.

      March 15, 2009 our son was killed because he was texting while driving, his last words were “Yeah T”. He was just 23, a United States Marine, father and brother. Our son knew better but on this Sunday evening he became lax and died because of it.

      It was 9:22 when we got the call NO parent wants to receive, I was given no information on the phone about what our sons condition was just that we needed to get to the hospital ASAP. when we got there they already had him loaded in a helicopter and were taking him to another hospital for treatment.

      We never saw our son alive again. We knew if we got his phone we could tell pretty much how his day went. When we went and looked at his truck it looked like someone actually could have walked away from this but not this time. We saw first of all that the seat belt was in a locked position as if taken off in a hurry to grab something and this is what we think happened. Our son dropped his phone (that seemed to be “attached” to him) took off his seat belt, veared off the road, hit a culvert when he was ejected out of the drivers side window while his truck flipped 4 times and he traveled another 38 feet to the opposite side of the highway. Our son died of a massive skull fracture.

      I talk to schools and businesses about this matter and I always finish by asking everyone to look at their last text and tell me, is it worth dying over or killing someone else?

      thanks for your time and keep fighting for this cause..

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