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Texting While Driving: It's Risky but We Do It Anyway

Almost everyone knows and agrees that texting or talking on the cell phone while driving is dangerous. But apparently many young adults still text and drive anyway—and their parents aren't helping. 82 percent of the young adults surveyed placed cell phone calls while driving and 42 percent texted while behind the wheel. One of the researchers said, "Young drivers rate texting as very distracting; yet they still report frequently texting while driving." Why do they take the risk? Another researcher said, "Younger drivers seemed overconfident in their ability to multi-task." One study reported, “A teen using a cell phone has the same reaction time as a 70-year-old.”

But their parents aren't helping the cause of safe driving. The research also found that 53 percent of the study participants who talked on the phone behind the wheel were talking to a parent who just had to get in touch with their child.

Editor’s Note: Updated 12-16-20

Possible Preaching Angle:

This isn't exactly new. About 2,000 years ago the Apostle James put it this way: "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them" (James 4:17).

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