Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

I agree with the kids who are protesting, and we as adults can no longer stand idly by and allow the senseless killing of our children. We must protect them. Something has to be done!

The leading killer of teens in this country is – wait for it – texting and driving.

Daily, 11 teenagers are killed while texting and driving in the U.S. That number does not include others in the vehicle who die or the other drivers killed by the teen texters. That number is simply teen drivers killed while texting.

Over 1,600 children are killed each year because of crashes involving texters.

According to the New York Times and the Gun Violence Archive website, 138 kids and adults have died, and over 400 wounded, in school shootings since Sandy Hook in December 2012. On a per day basis, that averages to less than one person (child or adult) killed in a mass school shooting, while 11 teens die while texting and driving every day. Which one should we as parents be more concerned about? Which one should we be taking to the streets over?

Each year, over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries, and 1 out of 4 car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting while driving.

Every single day in the United States, 11 teens are killed while texting and driving!

If we are truly concerned about our children’s safety, it seems to me, it is time to enact common sense cellphone control.

Greg Smith, Victoria

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