Colorado Tragedy Highlights Human Toll of Texting and Driving

Posted on April 11, 2013

A recent tragedy in Greeley, Colorado shows the human toll that texting and driving can take.  Too often, it’s easy to get bogged down in the numbers regarding crashes and citations and the like and forget that every single one of those numbers represents someone whose life may have been irrevocably altered by texting at the wheel.

Toward the beginning of April, a University of Northern Colorado student was killed after being involved in a single vehicle collision.  Police responding to the scene of the accident were able to pick out the man’s iPhone.  As it turned out, he was in the midst of a text-based conversation.

His mother is now asking that all drivers refrain from texting at the wheel and do something good for someone in need, two lessons that anyone anywhere in the world could take to heart.  Although this particular incident was centered around a young man, recent studies suggest that older adults tend to text at greater rates than do their teenage progeny.

This situation speaks to the point of this month’s distinction as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California (and other states across the country) safety officials, lawmakers, and police officers are stepping up to raise awareness about the serious issue, discourage the behavior before it starts, and issue citations to those persons who still insist on using their phones to talk or text at the wheel.  It’s all in a bid to prevent tragedies like the one described at the link above.

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