With new technology being introduced every day, distracted driving is a major traffic safety issue. Distracted driving applies to anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the steering wheel, or interrupts your concentration while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.The most common concern is using cell phones, especially text messaging.
The availability and popularity of cell phone technology make it possible for anyone to be connected. But statistics show that sending text messages while driving is dangerous and even deadly.
Since July 1, 2009, Mississippi teenage drivers will face severe penalties if they send text messages while driving, known as Senate Bill 2280. The Associated Press says that "anyone with an intermediate license or learner's permit caught texting while driving could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine up to $5oo." If you would like to learn more about texting and driving in Mississippi, click the video below.