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Teens Missing Message On Road Texting Risk

8:22 PM, Sep 20, 2010   |    comments
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- On any busy road in the Washington area, you can easily watch drivers texting behind the wheel... like this man who's at a light, and doesn't even look up when he starts moving forward. And now, new worries that young people are not getting the message that it's dangerous.

"I've gotten pretty good at using the knew for driving," said Dominique Struthers, and George Mason University Junior.

Out of four Mason students randomly chosen, two said they did not text.

"If it I have to, I wait until I'm stopped to text," said Troy Thornton, a sophomore.

"It just takes a second to get into an accident. But people text because they think it's never going to happen to them," said Sonia Abdulbaki, a senior.

The other two admitted that they did. Josh Trikakas even got into an accident because of texting.

"I was in a rush trying to get to work, so I sent a text to tell them I was going to be late," and that's when he rear-ended another car.

They all felt driving while intoxicated is worse than texting while driving. But studies have shown it's just as dangerous.

"If you're on your cell phone, or texting or punching in a number, and you're driving, within five seconds you can go the length of a football field, without paying attention. This can cause death of great injury to the people in your car or others. It's a very serious matter," said Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood.

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Lahood will be convening his second annual Distracted Driving Summit in Washington on Tuesday.

At the summit, a company called Textkills will be pushing their new mobile phone application. It kicks when you're driving 15 miles per hour and then it silences your phone and sends a message to the sender that you're driving.

Written by Peggy Fox
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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