KANSAS PTA RESOLUTION - Texting While Driving

Whereas 1    Whereas, The national Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes are caused annually by drivers using cell phones and texting, and the use of texting while driving has soared, and

Whereas 2     Whereas, It has been found that truck drivers face a 23 times greater risk of crash or near crash when texting than when not texting, which means texting far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions, and

Whereas 3     Whereas, The time drivers take their eyes from the road to send or receive texts is typically nearly five seconds—enough time at typical highway speeds to cover more than the length of a football field, and

Whereas 4    Whereas, There is an eightfold greater risk of crashing when texting. By comparison, a four times greater risk of crashing is about equal to someone with a 0.08 blood alcohol level, generally the legal limit for intoxication, and

Whereas 5     Whereas, Nineteen states, the District of Columbia and Guam have passed all-ages bans on texting while driving, therefore it be

Resolved 1    Resolved, That Kansas PTA and its constituent organizations will support legislative action banning texting while driving, and be it further
Resolved 2     Resolved, That Kansas PTA and its constituent organizations will provide education and information on the growing threat to public safety from distracted driving caused by texting while driving.

Adopted Convention 2010