During the beautiful months of a Seattle-area summer, many people head outdoors for walks during their lunch breaks, or whenever they can, for some fresh air. Despite pedestrian crosswalk markings, and traffic laws in place to prevent accidents involving motorists and pedestrians, sometimes accidents still happen and can result in serious injury or even death.
Thanks to a recent public safety campaign featuring Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle residents may be increasing their awareness and understanding of the dangers of texting while driving. The likelihood of getting into an accident increases by 24 times when a person tries to send a text message while driving.
A national survey released by the Ad Council found that 60 percent of drivers ages 16 to 24 say they have texted while driving. Washington's State Attorney General Rob McKenna says that statistic is alarming, especially since the dangers of texting and driving are already well-known. For young license-holders who are already more accident-prone than other drivers, texting while driving often leads to terrible crashes including fatal motor vehicle accidents.