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03 December 2023

Texting while driving can kill you and others [video]

By Muna Ahmed

Twenty-year-old Emy sent this text message to her boyfriend “I love you too and I’ll try to make you happy”. Moments later Emy was killed when her car slammed into the back of a tractor trailer.

Similarly, 18-year-old Tailor was texting when her car slammed into a truck. Her final text “driving and Facebook is not safe! Ha ha!”

Imagine driving on the road and someone covers your eyes for five seconds? You’ll probably feel very lucky if your car did not crash.

This is the same thing that happens to you when you are texting while driving.

These scenarios were part of a video supplied to ‘Emirates24|7’ by Dubai Police Rescue Department.

In the video, a study revealed about 55 per cent of young adult drivers say it is easy to text and drive. And about three quarter of the same young adult drivers feel confident that they are really good at texting behind the wheels. While in reality, they are all delusional.

According to the study, drivers who text spend about 10 per cent of their driving time outside their own driving lanes.

That quick look at their phones takes longer than they think.

And if those who are texting while driving think that dying in a car crash is the worst thing that can happen to them, then it’s not. They can survive and become the cause of someone else’s death. That’s lot worse. Imagine spending the rest of your life knowing you killed someone…for a text message? Imagine ending up in prison for your act? And you still think this will never happen to you? That you are the ‘special one’?

There is a growing number of teens and adults who end up in prison for killing others on the road because of text messaging.

There is also another growing number of teens and adults who decided to stop texting while driving.

If you absolutely must send a text message, pull off the road or in a parking lot.

No text message is so important that it is worth your life or someone else’s.

You are not different.

You are not special.

You are just another accident waiting to happen.