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Texting While Driving is the New Drunk Driving

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Texting while driving has become an epidemic in the Carolinas and AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety aims to educate the public about the dangers associated with this reckless behavior.

“Texting while driving is the new drunk driving,” said Tom Crosby, president of the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Studies have shown that you are just as likely to be in an accident texting while driving as someone who is legally intoxicated.” This behavior is incredibly prevalent and its frequency is growing.

It is against the law to text or email while operating a motor vehicle in North Carolina. Violators will receive a $100 fine and are responsible for court costs.

Distracted Driving Facts: Texting while driving makes you eight times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Nearly one in four drivers in NC admits to texting while driving and an online survey found South Carolina the worst state in the nation for texting while driving. Texting while driving causes drivers to leave their lane 10 percent more often than normal. Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for individuals under 30.