Don't drive while 'intexticated'

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In July, five high school graduates died in a car wreck in New York. Investigations showed the driver had sent and received several text messages just seconds before her sport utility vehicle collided head-on with a truck. This is just another example of what is now being called "driving while intexticated."

A survey in Seventeen magazine's August issue shows that 46 percent of teens text-message while driving. Although many states, including New York, have banned the use of cell phones in cars, it's still legal in Georgia and South Carolina.

AAA says motor vehicle wrecks are the top killer of teens.

Driver distraction is cited as the major cause of car wrecks. This includes having other passengers riding in the car, driving too fast, participating in illegal activities such as drunken driving, and talking on the cell phone.

Teenagers are also texting while driving, so that's becoming more of a factor in car wrecks involving teens.

I have texted someone while driving, although I have done this only when I was stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. Still, I have come to realize that there is no safe way to text while driving - moving or stopped. This includes trying to read a received text.

Teens think because we are so good at texting - most of us can do it without looking at the phone's keypad - that we aren't being distracted. Well, the accident in New York should be a wake-up text to us all.

Texting while driving won't make you LOL, so B4 you start texting in the car, remember someone LYL and wants you to stay safe. So let's all put the phones down and watch the road.

Jennifer Grant, 16, is a rising senior at Evans High School.

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