Dangers of Texting and Drinking While Driving

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Did you know that 27 people in America die each day due to drunk driving fatalities and another 15 due to fatalities linked to distracted driving? According to Johnston and Wiggins, 2012 Every year there are thousands of fatal car crashes due to distracted drivers. Distracted driving is not only caused from texting & drinking, but from other distractions as well. These distractions include eating, music, children or other passengers in the car, & even putting on makeup or fixing their hair. There are many laws out there that ban texting and drinking while driving to keep people from harm’s way but there are so few people who actually obey the laws. Research shows that drinking while driving & texting while driving are equally harmful because they both impair the driver’s vision, the driver’s reaction time, & the driver’s concentration & vigilance, all skills needed to prevent millions of accidents, deaths, & injuries every year. There’s ample evidence that shows drunk driving fatalities have definitely decreased in the last 40 yrs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides us with some interesting information, which I have converted into a line graph. My visual aid shows the fast decrease in drunk driving fatalities between 1970 & 2012. They document that there was a significant decrease after 40 yrs due to stricter driving laws & punishment. Now, for the next part of my presentation will explain how alcohol & texting affect a person’s ability to think & see clearly. The driver’s vision and speed of the car becomes impaired when they look anywhere else but the road, when drunk their eyes are glazed over & bloodshot. Just 1 or 2 drinks in a person’s body affects their nervous system & motor skills. Alcohol slows reaction time & clouds depth perception, vision, sense of touch, coordination, & judgment even when they are not considered legally

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