Editorial: An idea to solve the texting-driving dilemma

Text-messaging while driving is dangerous.

It competes for our attention that belongs squarely on the road ahead — and behind and to both sides. The well-being of each driver, his or her passengers and everyone else on the road at the time is at stake.

Statistics show that in 2009, the latest year for which complete numbers are available, nearly 5,500 people died in U.S. accidents caused by distracted drivers — a group that includes phone chatters and texters — and nearly 100 times that many were injured.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is kicking off an anti-texting campaign in conjunction with the American Automobile Association, the Auto Club South Traffic Safety Foundation and Michael Cenzi, a professional race car driver sponsored by AAA.

The awareness drive will feature Cenzi, of Golden Gate Estates, and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and others making speeches and multimedia announcements about the dangers of texting while driving.

That is a great idea.

So is this — designated texters.

That idea came from one of the Palmetto Ridge High School students attending the official press conference. Kathryn Teears, 17, says that when she drives, she lets a passenger be the designated texter — and then only if something important comes up. "None of my conversations are so important that they can't wait," Teears was quoted as saying.

Designated texters.

You never know when you're going to learn something. Sometimes all we have to do is listen.

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