Carly Roberts Ms. Strickland English 10 AE 4 April 2013 Driving While Intexticated Text messaging has become the dominating force of communication across the country. American teens send and receive an average of 3,300 text messages per month, that’s more than six texts every hour they are awake (Lazar)! However, the problem is not the amount of text messages delivered or received. Texting while driving is a growing problem that plagues a large percentage of the population. The risks of texting while driving are often unrealized, because it has not stopped drivers from sending a “quick” text from behind the wheel.
Drivers that text while driving are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to hurt themselves or someone else. 1. According to a study teenagers are more suseptible to car crashes and fatal road crashes. 2.One of the surprising statistics about texting while driving is that it is more dangerouse than driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. C. Considering the distraction of the driver in texting while driving, this activity keeps the driver involved in texting for around five seconds, which on a highway means a hundred yards.
These days texting while driving is being compared to driving while being drunk. In a recent report conducted by CBS News, crashes caused by drivers using cell phones rose from 636,000 in 2003 to 1.6 million in 2008. As a result, many accidents have taken place in the last ten years due to the use of texting while on the road. Texting while driving is being such a target as the biggest distraction. Unlike talking to someone else in the car, speaking on a cell phone demands much greater continuous attention which takes the drivers eyes off of the road at times and their mind from driving.
Raise the driving age Do you know that statistics show that car wrecks are the top killer of teenagers? The mininum driving age should be raised to 17 everywhere because too many teens are killed in car accidents, they are not responsble, and they abuse their driving privileges. Too many teens are killed in car accidents. Young teenagers are always pileing their friends in the car with them. The risk of a teen getting into a wreck increases by 44 percent with one teenage passenger and quadruples with 3 or more passengers.
Unfortunately texting has also become a huge safety concern when it occurs while driving. Multiple cases have confirmed that texting while driving is becoming a rising problem across the nation. News articles show that crashes is happening far too frequently involving both teens and adults. It has reached the point where many states have banned text messaging while operating a vehicle. Why it is that texting is so hazardous?
Danger is a Call Away Distracted driving is a major cause of automobile accidents. Cell phones play a heavy role in this increasing issue, but there are many other activities that pull one’s attention away from driving. In definition, distracted driving is an action in which one takes their focus away from driving. In most cases it’s cell phone use, but common things like makeup, shaving, and eating are forms of distracted driving. In order to understand what distracted driving is and how to prevent it, one must know the causes and effects, but more importantly the prevention of this reoccurring issue.
Introduction: Texting and driving is dangerous Body: What is texting and driving Why is it Dangerous Other ways to block texting and driving Trying to ban texting and driving Conclusion: Ban texting and driving Texting While Driving Even though texting while driving is relatively new, it is dangerous to everyone. With our technology changing everyday, people continue to take advantage of putting their lives in harm by being distracted while driving. Almost nobody had argued that texting while driving should be continued or encouraged. Texting while driving
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.
Talking on a cell phone is not the only thing that you can do to distract your eyes from the road. Americans are now playing games, accessing the internet, and even sending or receiving text messages. According to the National Safety Council, 1.4 million accidents involve drivers using cell phones every year and a minimum of 200,000 yearly additional crashes that involve drivers who were texting while driving (Texting While). Texting while driving is the cause of many accidents, and some of them are even fatal. Therefore, texting while operating a vehicle should be illegal in all places.
There are many reasons why cell phones are distracting to a driver but the main two are talking and texting. Simply dialing a phone number causing a driver to take their view off the road and focus on the phone. In that short amount of time a driver can lose complete control of the car. After you dial, you can become so engrossed in conversation that your focus is no longer on driving and the safety of everyone in the car and on the road is put at risk. Most people ask the question “What about Using a Hands free Device?” Although it sounds like a good idea, because you are not using your hands to dial the phone or taking your eyes off the phone, it is just as dangerous as using your cell phone.