In Road Rage, Ferguson points out that in a recent survey that the Coalition for Consumer Health and Safety did, 64% of the people mentioned that they are driving less mannerly and more recklessly than they did about five years ago (553). We all know that road rage can be cause due to many reasons like stress at work and problems at home. Ferguson also points out that road rage could be solve if we had more police and tougher punishments (556), but we all know that won’t really help. I don’t even think that therapy for those road rage individuals would help. We all just have to pray every time we get into a car and just have patience.
The drinking age should not be lowered to 18. Lowering the drinking age from 21 years old to 18 years old could lead to an increase in dangerous behavior such as drunken driving and car accidents, risk of developing alcoholism and people under the age of 21 do not fully understand the dangers of alcohol. A teenage driver and alcohol is a dangerous combination. Drinking and driving accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers. “Traffic deaths from drunken driving have fallen steadily, with those involving teenagers 16 to 19 declining by 39.1 percent from 1982 to 1990, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”.
In fact, the likelihood that the driver will get into an automobile accident is just the same as someone who has a blood alcohol level of .08 percent, which is when a person is legally intoxicated. Ten states have already banned the use of hand-held phones and 35 states have banned texting while driving. Experts have always compared distracted driving while drunk driving but they are saying a better comparison is smoking, because Americans have an addiction and feel the need to be connected at all times (Matt
With the population boom, just about everyone has a Millennial in their family or at least knows of one. They are the ones that are responsible for the highest proportion of texting and driving incidents. How would you feel, getting an early morning wake up call, to find out your sibling, coworker or friend had died in a car accident involving others of similar age? Perhaps they may have not been the one texting, or distracted, but at least one of the three drivers involved in the crash was a responsible. Our automobile industry has gone to several lengths to help fix this problem, yet people keep dying.
The issue of police chases has been around for years yet has been swept under the radar by some ‘more important’ issues. There are two sides. The side that believe that police chase restrictions are fine the way they are, and then there’s the side that believe there should be a greater restriction on police chases. Maintaining a saddened yet serious tone, Loraine Bennett contends in her opinion piece ‘My son paid the ultimate price’ (Herald Sun, December 29th, 2011) that police chase restrictions need to be tighter. King intends to persuade any car driver and the general public that the restrictions on police car chases not only need to be stricter and safer, they also need to be better followed by police engaging in car chases.
The amount of lives that can be saved by raising the driving age to 18 would be very large. Teens are just not responsible enough to have this responsibility. “ There is evidence to suggest that the part of the brain that assesses risk and controls impulsive behavior is not fully developed until the age 25 (23 for females), providing a physical reason why restrictions such as night curfews and limiting peer passengers is so important”. ( Professor Cass) One of the leading causes of teenage accidents is inexperience. Teenage drivers don’t have the experience of driving a car.
Senior Citizens and Driving In America, the ability to drive without depending on others has become synonymous with independence, autonomy, dignity and self-esteem. According to William Mann, since 90% of people of all ages depend on cars to get from place to place, driving is of major importance at all stages of life ( 2). As we age, however, physical and mental limitations may impair the ability of senior citizens to drive safely. Although most people believe that teenagers are unsafe drivers, they should consider the risks that the elderly take by getting behind the wheel because they have much slower reaction times, are often taking numerous medications, and may have poor eyesight. In order to drive safely, a person must be able to see, think and move well.
The clamour heightened in recent weeks following a series of reports on road fatalities and fatal crashes involving motorists in this age group. Accident statistics released by the authorities have also indicated that motorists below the age of 25 years are the group most prone to mishaps. While car accident statistics involving young drivers are quite alarming, it can be argued that such statistics are at best telling only half the story. In their simplistic form, certain statistics on road crashes can even be misleading. For example, when we were told not too long ago that only three out of 10 road accidents in the country involved female motorists, it still did not mean that men were worse drivers than women.
Safer Driving for Senior Citizen Amy Allen Bryant and Stratton PHIL250: Practices in Analytical Thinking J.R. Kuntz October 24, 2012 Senior citizen drivers are putting themselves and others in danger when driving. Studies show that drivers at the age of 80 and older are involved in more fatal car crashes, as much as 5.5 times, as middle aged drivers (Risky Drivers, 2012). This is not because they are dangerous and reckless drivers. In fact, senior citizen drivers are more likely to follow the rules of the road, but it is due to declines in their motor skills, vision, perceptual and cognitive abilities that cause accidents to occur (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], 2005). Because of their declining health, I feel that educational services need to be offered, more friendly vehicles for senior citizens need to be made, and easier to read traffic signs should be made and more efficiently placed.
Finally I will finish off the paper by concluding with a summary of each topic followed by two charts showing the positives and negatives of each vehicle and the benefits it has for families, divorcees, and finally the single and married population. The point of this paper is to make buyers aware of the advantages and disadvantages of both car and motorcycle to help better their understanding of their efficiency and to help them make better decisions in what type of transportation would be a better choice for them. Pollution is a very serious problem that we as humans seem to be facing right now; it is so serious that we are almost frowned upon if we do not shop with the “green” shopping bags. But an even bigger pollution problem we have is the pollution that everyday vehicles produce. Everyday vehicles create so much pollution that car emissions kill 30,000 people each year in the U.S. (Bluejay, 1).