brother is a smart kid, or he was until recently. He started to rebel a lot,
and I have seen him drive right through a stop sign because he was texting or
on his phone when driving. Nothing I say seems to work to convince him that
being on the phone and driving is going to get him or someone else killed.
danger on the road, and I want to put an end to it before he ends up killing
is following a very risky trend. Statistically, 88% of people use their phones while operating a vehicle. ZenDrive
found that everyone uses their phone while driving. Teens are on the phone.
Seniors are on the phone. Parents are on the phone.
ethnicity and sex doesn’t seem to matter.
texting has led to a significant spike in the number of distracted driving
accidents in recent years. ZenDrive found that the average person, based off of
3 million drivers’ sensor data over the course of 5.6 billion miles, spends 35
out of every 60 minutes on the phone when driving.
that more than half of the time people are on the road, they’re on their
meant to help curb this behavior, but I have watched cops pass me on the road
while holding their phones to their ears. No one is listening, but that doesn’t
mean that your brother should continue his habits.
and safety features led to accident declines over several decades, but all of a
sudden in 2014 – 2015, accidents rose 7% because of distracted driving.
officers have a difficult time determining when a driver is on their phone and
driving. There are no visible marks left behind by the phone, and privacy laws
can make it difficult for a police officer to inspect a phone to see if it was
in use when a crash occurred.
sat down and talked to your brother, it’s time to sit down and discuss the
issue with your parents.
his age, they can install an app that will prevent texting and driving. Apps can be used that will
effectively stop the person from receiving any texts while they’re driving.
These apps are less intrusive than taking away his phone, and they have been
very helpful for younger teens.
If he is 18
or older, your parents may have little recourse to stop this bad behavior.
thing that can be done in this case is to educate your brother on the risks. He
can choose to follow the law, or break the law. It’s akin to telling someone
not to drink and drive when they already know all of the hazards.
use while driving is not unique to your brother. And while everyone else is
doing it, the only real way that we’ll see a change in this behavior is if the
authorities choose to start ticketing drivers, fining drivers and even taking
people’s licenses away for driving and using their phones.