Texting And Driving Epidemic

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Texting and Driving The date was May 16, 2009. Amanda Umscheid was texting her sister Ashley, who was driving at the time. Ashley’s truck entered the median while she was reading the recently sent text message. She attempted to correct but ended up flipping her truck several times before being ejected from the vehicle. Ashley died on the scene. She was just nineteen years old. http://txtresponsibly.org/share-your-stories/amanda/ Texting and driving is a contagious epidemic that is quickly spreading throughout the nation. Do we really understand the consequential repercussions of this action? Statistics show that the average American typically goes uninformed of the dangers of operating a cell phone while on the road. All phone usage while…show more content…
Since 2006, the amount of text messages sent per month has seen a yearly increase of approximately two-hundred fifty percent (http://www.cellsigns.com/industry.shtml). America has suddenly become so incredibly hooked on text messaging because it is instant, discrete, and direct. It seems as though no matter the location or situation in which an individual may be, he or she seemingly always finds it acceptable to text. So why would they stop while driving? Many people argue that texting or talking does not affect their driving. They truly believe they are good enough at multitasking that using their phone while driving will not influence their performance. This, however, is a common misconception. Recent studies have proven that it is hardly even possible to multitask at using a phone while driving. In fact, only about two percent of drivers can successfully multitask.…show more content…
“At any given time during daylight hours in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone. This explains why twenty five percent of all car accidents in the United Stated were caused by cell phone related distractions while operating a vehicle. A recent study shows that you are actually about eight times more like to be involved in an accident while talking on a cell phone, and four times more likely while texting, than you would be driving with a blood alcohol level of .08.” (http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/statistics.html). This just adds to the ridicule of using a cell phone while driving. If society and the laws are so against drinking and driving, why would they more then willingly allow and/or partake in an action that can be twice as deadly. If drinking and driving were legal, it wouldn’t be seen as such a vastly negative thing. If cell phones were made illegal while operating a motor vehicle and the law was actually enforced society would respect and abide the law. However, people just seem to sort of pass it off as nothing, because there are no legal consequences. The man accused of killing a 13-year-old boy in a hit-and-run in Taunton told police he was behind the wheel typing a text message on his cellphone when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle and hit what he thought was a mailbox, a prosecutor said today in
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