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Incentives to curb teenage drivers from texting and driving

Today, it can be challenging to get a hold of a teenager's attention without some form of technology. Cellphones are almost a life source for this age group, making it difficult to accomplish any task without it or having it nearby. While technology can be extremely beneficial, it does have its setbacks. A cellphone may be excellent to use in certain spaces; however, using it in a vehicle while the operator is behind the wheel of a vehicle is extremely dangerous.

With distracted driving a growing concern, much effort has been placed on reducing the number of people that use their cellphones while they are driving. One group or cohort that is challenging to tackle is teenagers. Because of this, there has been discussion about initiatives that would better promote the reduction of cell phone use while driving.

Based on a survey, the answer is money. Insurance companies have decided to offer financial incentives to put down the phone. Auto insurance apps can monitor driving behaviors, rewarding good drivers with discounts. The survey also found that more than 90 percent of teenage drivers stated that they would be willing to give up sending texts and reading them while driving if it was possible to retain some functions on their cell, such as using music and navigation.

Because roughly half of all teen driver admit to using their cell phone while driving, it can be inferred that the number is actually much higher. This is concerning data to look at since texting and driving is considered to be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Although initiatives aim to reduce the number of drivers using their cellphones while driving, this negligent behavior still occurs. It is also the cause of many automobile collisions. Thus, when a person falls victim to a car crash, it is important to consider cause, liability and legal recourses. A personal injury action could help hold a negligent driver accountable and help with the recovery of compensation.

Source:, "Money Talks When Getting Teens to Stop Texting While Driving," April 27, 2018

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