Say No to Texting and Driving

It's something you probably do several times a day - send a text to a friend or family member. But sending a text when you're behind the wheel can have deadly consequences. As part of its community outreach mission, Penn State Hershey Medical Center has partnered with CBS21 and CW15 to educate our community about the serious dangers of texting and driving. You, your family and friends can help keep our roads safe.

>> Go to CBS21.com today and take the pledge!

Members of our care teams, including critical care/adult trauma, emergency medicine and Life Lion, see first-hand the devastation caused by texting and driving.

 

A car accident can begin and end in a matter of seconds.  But the aftermath, the suffering, both physical and emotional can drag on for years. So knowing that, why would you text and drive? I can't think any text message would be worth risking your life, or someone else's.  TEXTING AND DRIVING KILLS.

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  As a trauma surgeon, I've seen what car collisions can do to a person. They can set the long term disabilities in terms of neurologic injury, physical disabilities, and even sometimes death. And too often, it's caused by texting and driving. Studies show that you are twenty-three times more likely to get into a car collision when you text and drive. More likely to need a trauma surgeon to save your life. Isn't it time you got the message?

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  There's nothing more tragic than seeing the victims of car accidents. The mental anguish, the physical pain. And this could be prevented by just not texting and driving. To all those people who thought this is not a big deal, I say you should be in the room when we tell the parents that their sons and daughters will never graduate, or never get married. Maybe then they will get the message.