Texting While Driving

Barbara J. Feldman

According to the 2009 Pew Internet study on Teens and Distracted Driving half of all teens say they’ve been a passenger in a car with a driver who texted while driving. This is scary stuff, and as parents and educators we need to get this message across. This week’s batch of websites will help.

  • Distracted Driving5 stars

    "One text or call could wreck it all. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes." This official US government site is published by the National Highway Traffic Administration and the Department of Transportation. Visit for facts, statistics, state by state laws, and ways for both teens and parents to get involved in a solution. Parents can influence their kids by having the talk, making a family pledge, and knowing the laws in their state.

  • Distracted Driver Accidents5 stars

    Best clicks at Distracted Driver Accidents include statistics, safe driving tips, and the infographic, all which can be found in the horizontal nav menu. "Distracted driving puts everyone on the road in danger. Some of the most common types of distracted driving include: texting and driving, eating while driving, grooming and driving, talking to passengers, cell phones, smart phones, GPS, eating while driving, watching a video, using the radio."

  • Impact Teen Drivers5 stars

    Founded in 2007 by California firefighters and teachers, Impact Teen Drivers aims to spread driver safety through education. "And of the 5,500 teenagers killed in car accidents last year; 75 percent of the accidents had nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. Text messaging, eating, applying makeup and adjusting music are among the main killers." Best clicks are the photo galleries (most are pretty graphic), tips for teen (16 Tips You Already Knew), and the Probability Wheel (which will show you how much certain driving behaviors increase the probability of an accident.)

  • It Can Wait5 stars

    It Can Wait is an initiative from a coalition of cell phone carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. It promotes the following pledge. "No text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting and driving. No text is worth the risk. It can wait."

  • Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.5 stars

    "Nearly 500,000 young adults each year are injured due to various forms of distracted driving, including texting, mobile instant messaging, updating social media platforms, sending photos, etc. It's a habit deadlier than drunk driving." In cooperation with the Ad Council and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this site has a collection of public service announcements (PSAs), tips and facts. For even more videos, click on Become an Advocate, and check out the Campaign PSAs page. You'll also find downloadable material such as flyers, posters, and an infographic.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Texting While Driving." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 21 May. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/texting-while-driving/ >.


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