April 27, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 14

Texting while driving

Texting while driving. Photo courtesy of Senor Codo

Texting while driving. Photo courtesy of Senor Codo

While most people are aware of the dangers that come with texting while driving, they don't seem to take them very seriously. Niagara University sophomore biology major, Sarah Nugent says "I text and drive all the time. I don't even think about it. I make sure that I am really careful."

According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving, a number that seems somewhat low. The Buffalo News stated, over the last three years, that eight people from Western New York alone have lost their lives to texting while driving. The latest accident involved student Mary Kavanaugh, of Geneseo State College.
The Buffalo News reported the student was driving alone some time after 1:30 a.m. when her car lost control and rolled over.

Even though texting is not permitted in New York, it is only a secondary offense. This means that a driver is only ticked after having been stopped for a primary offense, for example speeding or running a stoplight.

NU freshman hospitality major Hannah Nones says, "that is ridiculous. Texting while driving is not something that people should take lightly, it is clearly very dangerous." The student, only 22, was reported to be texting an acquaintance at the time of the crash. Although it was not with absolute certainty that she was texting at the time of the crash, her cell phone revealed that she sent a text message to an acquaintance at 1:37 a.m. and never opened the return message a minute later.

NU freshman Sports Management major Emma Hassen says, "It's so sad to hear things like this happening, it really scares me to think about while I'm driving. You don't ever know when a person isn't paying attention."

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