Buckle Up and Stop Texting!

Buckle Up and Stop Texting!

The number of drivers and passengers who use seat belts has been climbing nationwide, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns. National seat belt use has jumped from 58 percent in 1994 to 84 percent in 2009, due in large part to high-profile campaigns and enforcement. If only drivers nationwide would stop texting on cell phones while on the road, which greatly increases risk of accidents. Surprisingly, as of mid-2010, only about half the states in the country have banned texting while driving, according to statistics from the NHTSA.