June 01, 2009
Do you text message while driving? It may seem harmless, but distracted drivers account for nearly four out of five crashes in the United States, and looking away for just two seconds doubles that danger. Still, nearly 50 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 continue to text behind the wheel.
Dr. Phil makes a plea to his audience to stop texting while driving. And, 21-one-year-old Heather says she’s good at texting without taking her eyes off the road, so nothing is going to convince her to stop.
Linda discovered the pain that texting while driving can cause when her daughter, Lauren, was killed by a driver distracted by his cell phone. She created the Web site HangUpSaveALife.com in her daughter’s memory.
Texting may have caused the collision of a commuter passenger train and a freight train in LA that killed 25 people. Francisco was on that passenger train, and Roland pulled him from the wreckage. And, The Doctors host, Dr. Travis Stork, shares stories from the E.R.