De Soto Texting While Driving Summary

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Name Rachel Worthington English 102 Date CRITICAL READING SUMMARY De Soto, A. Starkey. "Intextication: Txting Whl Drvng. Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?" University of Hawai'i. 32.2 (2010): 359 - 90. Print. According to A. Starkey De Soto, the number of cellular phone users has grown beyond verbal communication. Text-based communication or “texting” has increased to nearly one in every five driving age cell phone users admitting to sending or receiving text messages while driving. With the rise in cellular phone use, texting while driving has become a frequent activity. The dangers of texting while driving have led many states to ban the activity while behind the wheel. However, De Soto argues that in order for laws to be effective,…show more content…
Many states began passing legislation either in response to fatal crashes involving texting while driving, or near fatal crashes that involved texting while driving. By the early part of 2010, 21 states had banned texting while driving. De Soto provides numerous statistics that compare drunk driving to texting. The studies were used showed that texting while driving is just as dangerous to public safety as drunk driving. De Soto list several fatal and non-fatal accidents cases from New York to Washington State from texting while driving. De Soto states this is one the most dangerous epidemics on today’s highway, more dangerous than drunk driving. De Soto states that of the 21 states in America that have passed laws on texting while driving, only Alaska and Utah have fines that match the same fines as drunk driving. Most texting while driving laws are “lax” on penalties. De Soto states that the penalties for texting while driving should bring significant monetary fines, points on offenders record and loss of driving privileges like that of drunk driving laws. If the offense caused serious injury or death, it should possibly require jail

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