Don’t text and drive

Is that winky face worth it? Is that text message worth your life or that of loved ones?

Five thousand people die each year from car accidents caused by texting. Texting and driving are more common now than ever due to the amount of new technology.

Twenty-three percent of driving accidents have some sort of technology involved in the accident. It only takes five seconds to get distracted by being on your phone. Many teenage deaths have been caused by texting and driving.

Next time you’re on the road, turn your phone on silent so you don’t get the urge to answer any of your text messages or even phone calls.

Many states have taken a stand on making texting and driving illegal. Be the bigger person and convince yourself and friends and family to stop texting or talking on the phone. You could save your life or the lives of your loved ones. So ask yourself, is that text message worth it?

Tyla Belton, age 14