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Kansas drivers risk of crashing increases 23 times while texting and driving.

There is a silent pandemic that has slowly been creeping in our lives. It poisons and even destroys lives. It looks innocent, but can quickly turn into monster. Texting while driving is slowly becoming an accepted custom of our nation. Although we all have heard it’s bad, people don’t realize how many are affected by it every day.

Texting while driving is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or using other applications on your cell phone while driving. The typical driver’s eyes are averted from the road for 4.6 seconds and your risk of crashing increases 23 times. In fact, texting while driving has proven to be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.

If the statistics aren’t enough, there are numerous horror stories of car and train collisions, which have killed up to 25 passengers. In 2008, distracted driving was the cause of 16 percent of fatal crashes. Also, 50 percent of teens say they text and drive.

Kansas passed a law in May of 2010 stating that texting while driving is illegal for all drivers and if pulled over for it, you are subject to a $60 fine.

Be responsible. Be aware of other drivers and considerate of their safety as well as you and your passenger’s well-being. Talk to your kids about the dangers of texting while driving and set a good example for them by waiting to read your messages or pulling over to a safe location.

To watch how dangerous texting while driving can be, click here to view our texting while driving video.

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