“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)”. (Clark, 1992). Even though drinking and driving is a crime thousands of teens continue to get behind the wheel and kill thousands of innocent people in alcohol related crashes every year. There are drunken accidents because teens don’t take drinking and driving seriously. Teens just want to feel the pleasure and they want to feel good but don’t think about the other people or even there selves that they can kill on the road.
Another concern in many different communities around the United States is the distracted teen driver, not just the adult. A 2009 report says with the way teens use media the text messaging trend is increasing dramatically, in two years the amount of text messages sent has increased by 566%. A majority of the teens on the road understand the risk of texting while driving, but the eagerness to stay connected is so strong for teenagers and parents the communication becomes more of a concern than safety sometimes. Distracted driving is very dangerous and it includes more than just
It can be argued that sixteen year olds are simply not mature enough and do not recognize different situations on the roads and highways to make split second decisions. Teenagers are also easily distracted, sending text, talking on the phone, eating or drinking, not to mention talking or showing off to friends who are in the vehicle, these can definitely distract teenagers while driving. Teens are also most likely not to wear seat belts and are not experienced at recognizing hazards; this and also taking
“Incidents of “road rage” were up 51% in the first half of the decade, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,” writes Andrew Ferguson in Road Rage (553). It’s sad that due to road rage many innocent commuters suffer the consequences. It has also happened to me while driving; because I’m driving to slow, the person behind me starts to blow the horn. And, it makes thing worse because then I will get mad and drive even slower. 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).
My Three Bad Driving Habits Thousands of people are killed in car accidents every year. There are an assortment of reasons why; from driving drunk to even falling asleep at the wheel. The main reason that most people are killed in car accidents each year is because most people have very bad driving habits, and the main of these people are teenagers. Many teens believe themselves to be immortal, so they feel they can do anything and nothing will go wrong, or hurt them. The three worst habits teens have are road rage, poor grasp on safety, and multitasking.
(Graduated Driver Licensing). The lack of seat belt usage is one of the reasons that this age group has been affected. Underage drinking while driving has played a factor as well. Having more than one person in a vehicle and driving at night is also a distraction to the driver, a rule many teens tend to break. In sum, teens are the worst drivers due to immaturity and inexperience.
Is 16 Too Young To Drive? The question about increasing the minimum age for a driver’s license has been pushed to the headlines because of the growing amount of car accidents. Whether it would reduce or even prevent accidents of this sort or will simply do no good is the heart of this argument. The reason for wanting to raise the driving age is because it has been proven that teenagers have caused most accidents (Koroknay-Palicz). The argument is a big decision for whether it should be raised or shouldn't it be raised because of the consequences of both sides.
Shaquila Burks English 21B Dixon 4/29/14 Teen Driving Teen Driving Essay Teens and driving, a mixture that can turn deadly. In the article "The Dangers of Teen Driving" by Joseph K. Vetter and Fran Lostys, they discuss the risks and dangers surrounding teen driving. They say more than 5,000 teenagers die in car accidents every year. At the beginning of the article the authors give examples of teen deaths directly caused by teen driving. Speeding, texting while driving and other distractions played a part in the deaths.
There are also many under age drivers on the road that makes driving on the road more dangerous for them and anyone driving that day. A lot of people also die because they drive while intoxicated I would have to say that’s one of the most cause of death each year. Talking on the phone is one of the most dangerous habits because you’re not always concentrated on the road. Talking on the phone while driving is prohibited because you can get into a car wreck or make some get into one or hit someone and can cause severe injury or death. It is very prohibited to talk on the phone in school areas because there is a lot of kids walking to school or getting off of their parents vehicles to walk into school and you can hit them and severely injure them or even cause death.
Many accidents occur due to cell phone use because the majority of people are not able to do it safely (2009). It is common for people to not be focused on the road or other drivers if having a conversation while driving. Just as when impaired, the use of a cell phone while driving can slow down your response and reflex time. Most people are over confident about their capabilities of driving while using a cell phone, just as those that think they are okay to drive while they are impaired. Some states have banned the use of use of cellphone use unless used with a hands free device and some states banned texting while driving.