Texting & driving ‘epidemic’ evident among teens (& adults)

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NASHVILLE (BP) — This spring at some high schools, students used simulators to learn how dangerous it is to text and drive now that texting has surpassed alcohol as a greater risk for teens on the nation’s roadways.  Russell Moore, president-elect of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said there is a biblical angle to the problem of texting while driving.

“The Bible calls us to discernment, to see how our actions might harm our neighbors. Texting and driving seems innocent enough, bantering back and forth about some light matter, until we see the horrible possibilities of wreckage and death,” Moore told Baptist Press.

Alcohol use among teen drivers has decreased by 54 percent since 1991, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, due in part to an increased stigma after years of educating teens on the dangers.  Texting while driving, however, has skyrocketed in the last five to seven years, with half of high school students of driving age admitting to the practice, according to a recent study.

A team of researchers led by Andrew Adesman at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, in a survey of nearly 9,000 teenagers aged 15-18 nationwide, found that an estimated 49 percent of boys admitted to texting while driving compared with 45 percent of girls.

“A person who is texting can be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk,” Adesman said, according to Newsday May 8.

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