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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

The True Dangers of Texting Behind the Wheel

26 Jan Blog | Comments

There are many more people driving these days, especially in largely-populated cities. People seem much more in a hurry to get where they want to go and to stay connected. They do not want to miss out on anything. Computer technologies and cell phones have done us proud to keep everyone connected in such high tech ways, the first being our cell phones, then our PCs and laptops. While many folks can multi-task at home and work, there are those folks that find multi-tasking difficult to carry out. There are some situations that can get us into trouble while multi-tasking. A person can slip up and make a situation worse, so care is needed in any multi-tasking situation. When multi-tasking, keep it at home or work, and do not do it behind the wheel of a vehicle.

There is one situation where multi-tasking is becoming absolutely prohibited and this is behind the wheel of a vehicle. Multi-tasking while driving could very well cause the driver to not finish their task ever again. Driving a vehicle demands strict attention and there is no room for any multi-tasking in any way, shape or form. The percentages of someone getting seriously hurt or killed due to a driver texting behind the wheel of their car are very high. Not only should no one do this but many states are making it a crime to text while driving; it is against the law.

Many know this and do it anyway, figuring, “they have to catch me first.” This is seriously irresponsible thinking and a display of the worse disrespect for other human beings possible. One may think that this type attitude makes that wonderful person look like a criminal. It should do just that, because texting while driving can turn the most wonderful human being into a criminal with criminal charges if they cause a death or injury, while driving and texting. It takes all of the driver’s personal senses to pay attention to driving. Manual dexterity, visual acuity and strict cognitive abilities are needed by the driver at all times. This leaves no room for texting. All three senses are needed to text anyone. When these are taken from the driver to the cell phone there can be deadly consequences. Ninety-nine percent of the time the text message is not an emergency and could have waited until the driver got off the road.

If a driver feels they have an emergency situation and they need to text from their cell phone then the responsible driver will pull over to the side of the road and finished their business before continuing on the road. Drivers should inform friends, family and co-workers that they do not text and drive and if they have an emergency leave a verbal message. Cell phones can be turned off or put on silent. This will allow the caller to leave a message. If it is an emergency then the caller can keep phoning the driver’s cell phone, which would be a red flag for the driver to get off the road and take care of business.

It is hard to instill these cautions into seasoned drivers, because their theory most times is that they have been driving for a number years and they have everything under control and nothing is going to happen while they are behind the wheel. They have said they are just too good behind the wheel of a car and can successfully multi-task. Most of these folks will claim no accidents in all the years they have been driving and they are not going to start now. People who are just starting to drive and are taking an online traffic school or are in a classroom traffic school will be taught from the beginning that they are not to drive and text.

States have long recognized the fact that online traffic school or the traditional classroom traffic school makes better drivers. All online traffic schools must be DMV and court approved. No matter how you take your course, instructors will emphasize, no texting while driving.


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