For the most part, it seems that people in New Orleans are going to have to accept the fact that today's society is one which instant communication is expected.
The average person tends to believe that if something important happens in the lives of their loved ones, they will know about it and know about it within moments after it happens.
When it comes to being behind the wheel, it seems that this need to know attitude is more than just a phenomenon of modern culture; it is in fact downright dangerous in that it contributes to texting and driving.
To be more specific, a recent study found that of those who were willing to text and drive or otherwise use their phone while operating their vehicle, over 60 percent did so because they thought there might be an emergency situation to which they would want to respond.
Given that 44 percent of all drivers said that they would text and drive with their spouses or significant others and another 23 percent said they would do so with their children, this result makes sense.
An additional 21 percent of respondents admitted that they engaged in texting and driving out of a fear of missing out.
Although statistics certainly confirm it, it does not take a genius to realize that texting and driving and other distracted driving behaviors contribute to serious car accidents both in the New Orleans area and throughout Louisiana.
Even though we are all understandably worried about our loved ones, drivers should nonetheless commit to maintaining a distraction free car as much as possible, which means putting the phone away. If they feel they must respond immediately to a communication, they can always take a minute or two to pull over.