When we first met the ladies of Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, they were just pregnant teenagers navigating what’s probably one of the most complicated times of their lives. The show was revolutionary — and changed teen pregnancy rates more than it changed the television landscape — and MTV knew they had something powerful on their hands. From the very beginning, the show worked with ItsYourSexLife.com to make sure everyone — teenager or not — knew their choices when it came to sex and contraception.
While we still see the PSAs — and occasionally extra ones, if a troubling or complicated situation presents itself — today, it seems MTV is a little reckless when it comes to the wellbeing of the girls and their families. And there are few things that are as problematic as the bad habit of texting and driving.
To break down a few facts, texting and driving is illegal in all states except Montana, Arizona, and Missouri for drivers 21 years old and younger — meaning none of the girls are texting behind the wheel legally. While the girls are also known to FaceTime and chat on the phone with their little ones in the car with them, most of them aren’t violating hands-free bans in their states — which only exist in Kailyn Lowry’s state of Delaware, Leah Messer home state of West Virginia, and some parts of Michigan, where Catelynn Lowell lives.
And even though using your cell phone while driving isn’t illegal in so many of their home states, it’s dangerous everywhere. Countless PSAs have warned us that “distracted driving” is dangerous — yet we can see it almost weekly on our favorite reality show. According to research by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even a two-second distraction increases the risk of crashing by 20 percent — and that’s without taking into consideration the countless small children and GoPro cameras that can also be distracting. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and another 391,000 were injured as the result of distracted driving.
Earlier this year, MTV took some heat when they aired footage of Ryan Edwards driving under the influence. The network released a statement saying that they don’t “condone” driving under the influence, yet they seem to have no problem showing them texting while behind the wheel. It’s clear that the fans have had enough, and hopefully, MTV will be able to take action before something serious happens as a result.
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