In 2007, 81 percent of the U.S. population owned a cell phone, a 20 percent increase compared to 2002.” In a current figures according to MSNBC Sullivan (2008), “The cell phone industry, ... has some 137 million paying customers in the United States…” The growth for phone ownership is off the charts and along with the enormous sales of the units, technology has kept pace. Cell phones of 2008 have gadgets integrated to make them more desirable and can be as powerful as a laptops with some accessories. Cell phones include a variety of useable devices ranging from cameras, GPS, text messaging, mp3 players and access to the internet. With all this built into a device that will fit into the palm, According to Compu-KISS (2008),
Dangerous Driving Habits The majority of traffic accidents are caused by dangerous driving habits aquired and practiced by drivers. A recently new dangerous habit is the use of a cell phone while driving, but the most dangerous driving habit is driving after consuming alcohol. Another habit that many people tend to have but don’t view as dangerous is listening to music while driving. It’s imperative that drivers understand these issues need to be taken seriously. The statistics continue to rise, but if we would take time to think about the lives being put in danger, perhaps we wouldn’t allow ourselves to be so heavily distracted.
Montressor would go home everyday and lay in bed for hours just watching the ceiling. His father never asked about school and Montressor never volunteered informtation. He was an introverted teenager who suffered from scoail anxiety due to the years of bullying. Fortunato never let up and things only got worse. Even on his last day of school, all Montressor could think of was being able to live freely without the daily worry of running into Fortunato.
In addition, the probabilities of driver texting on the cell phone and getting into accidents are only getting higher. Cell phone use while driving accounts for major cause of accidents and serious crashes. It does not matter how well one drives, if another driver is not being as careful, especially when using a phone, a split second one are put in danger by their own actions. However, the result of that leads to many deaths and produces numbers of hazards. The use of a cell phone while driving is very hazardous.
Statistics have indicated that over 6,000 deaths and well over half a million injuries have occurred due to drivers using cell phones in 2011 alone. People should be cited for texting while driving because not only are drivers putting themselves in danger but also everyone else around them. People tend to lose focus on what they are actually supposed to be doing while driving and using cell phones. Drivers sending or receiving test messages take their eyes off of the road for at least five seconds which is enough time to cover an entire football field. One could only imagine the tremendous amount of damage that can be done driving across a football field with unopened eyes.
Kirn’s article, “The Autumn of the Multitaskers” starts with a story of multitasking gone bad. Just like many others today, he let his cell phone picture message come before paying attention to the road and came face to face with a near death experience. This connects with what Matt Richtel says in his article, “Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price.” He states, “While many people say multitasking makes them more productive, research shows otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information, scientists say, and they experience more stress.” To take a case in point, if Kirn wasn’t so worried about his cell phone, his “technology,” then he would have been stayed on the highway – far away from the post and grass. Technology plays a huge part in us committing the multitasking crime.
Cell phone usage and texting while driving is growing tremendously in the United States. When it comes to driving, we have to be very careful because not only can we harm our lives but others as well. Texting has become a new rave to teenagers. Every time a teenager has a bit of free time, they start texting to find out about the latest gossip. This includes when driving as well.
Why Teens Join Gangs Teenagers are often emotionally insecure and want to fit in with people who have the same mind set. Teens sometimes choose to associate with people who have a bad effect on them such as gang members. In fact, there are three major reasons why teens choose to join gangs: bad family relationships, drug addiction and influence of other teen gangsters. Perhaps the most common reason for teens to join gangs is bad family relationships. For example, some parents have arguments or fights most of the time which cause stress for their children, and sometimes parents don’t give enough time to their children.
Cell phone use accounts for 2,600 vehicle fatalities and 300,000 collisions annually. Yet even while 37 percent of teens rated text messaging while driving as “extremely” or “very” distracting, they continue to send and receive text messaging in their moving vehicles anyway, the study reported. Based on the extensive research over the past seven years, SADD and Liberty Mutual have set forth a number of guidelines for families – including preventing cell phone use in the car. Interestingly, 52 percent of teens who say their parents are unlikely to follow through on punishment if they drive and text-message will continue to do -- compared to only 36 percent of teens who believe their parents would penalize them, according to the SADD/Liberty Mutual study. Not surprisingly, the study also reports the biggest influence on how teens drive is their parents.
For example, more and more drivers are talking over the telephone and cause troubles on the road. The situation is far more stressing, when driver choose texting except of talking. Texting while driving is dangerous because it distracts individuals from concentrating on the road. Texting while driving can lead to potential accidents, speeding and/or traffic violations and definitely slows your reaction time. Texting while driving is not worth the risk.