Teens often get the wrap for the global distracted driving epidemic, and it's not hard to see why--the statistics paint a pretty grim picture:
- 25% of teens respond to at least one text every trip; 20% of teens admit to having extended conversations via text.
- 60% of moderate-to-severe teen crashes are caused by distractions
- Car accidents are the number 1 killer of teens in the U.S.
And those are just a few of the frightening stats that have made distracted driving a national epidemic. But a recent viral video once again making its way around the internet that proves that texting while driving, posting to social media or taking video behind the wheel, and all forms of distracted driving aren't just a struggle for teens...it's parents too.
The video starts off like you'd expect: two kids are singing and dancing and being as cute as can be. Mom and kids are laughing and having a great time. The only problem is they're in the car, driving. After a few seconds, who knows how long she may have looked away, the car slams into what is presumably another car. Shaken and scared, the mom yells an expletive, as one of her children asks "What happened,"? Thankfully no one was seriously hurt, but it provided a scary lesson to one family. We understand--our kids are doing cute things all the time. It's so tempting to try and catch every moment and share with those you love. But it's more important to get home safely to the ones you love. Those videos, pictures and posts are not worth your life or the lives of others; they can always wait until later.
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