Even those Bluetooth headsets raise the potential risk of an accident. Even though a person’s hands may be free of the cellular device, he or she is still being distracted by the conversation. Cell phone usage while driving causes 2,500 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year. People who drive while talking on a cell phone raise the risk of an accident or death. Recent studies show that a person driving while talking on a cell phone has less awareness of the road than a person who is driving drunk.
Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured due to a drunk driver. People under the age of the legal drinking age of 21 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as the people over the legal drinking age. As these teens are dying from these crashes, teens and mothers of teens are getting involved in trying to prevent these crashes. Teens Against Drunk Driving and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are just two of the many organizations that are making families more aware of this issue and are working to solve the problem of teens drinking and driving. Citations http://dui.findlaw.com/dui-laws-resources/underage-dui-zero-tolerance-laws.html?DCMP=ADC-DUI_DrunkDriving-Teenage&HBX_PK=drunk+driving+teens http://www.madd.org/ http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/DrinkingandDriving.html http://www.learn-about-alcoholism.com/statistics-teenage-drunk-driving.html
Almost one-third of car wrecks are caused by teen drivers, a whole thirty percent! If we took out that one-third of car wrecks out of the total amount of car wrecks a year in the united states there would only be a total of four million car wrecks instead of an astounding six million! Also teenage drivers pose a threat to other drivers. Since there are six million car wrecks a year in the united states that means that there is a total of twelve million cars wrecked in the united states approximately every year. If teenage drivers were taken out of that equation a total of at least four million people would not have to go through the trouble of getting in a car wreck in the United States every year.
Cell phone users are proven danger on our highways. A recent study found that 80% of accidents and 65% of near-accidents involved some form of inattention, and that the most common form of inattention was cell phone used. Several studies, including studies by the University of Utah and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, have shown that while dialing was found to be the most common cause of crashes, the simple act of taking on ac cell phone, even on a headset, was a distraction that could cause accidents. Cell phone users are four times more likely than non-cell phone users to be involved in an accident, according to a study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In these studies, the conversation itself was as distracting as dialing or retrieving messages.
Approximately 1.4 million accidents occur during phone conversations and two hundred thousand from texting.3 Texting drivers may be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk. Laws should be changed or enacted to prevent senseless accidents, and unnecessary deaths. About five thousand people die annually texting while driving.3 Three-hundred thousand people are hospitalized for injuries obtained from accidents cause by phone use in the vehicle.4 Again no state in the U.S. completely bans all cellular phone use in the vehicle for all age groups.1 Without firm, enforced laws or probations regarding phone use in vehicles this issue will continue to grow worse. 1. 2012, Texting And Distracted Driving Infograaphic, retrieved on 2014, January 27, from:
However, calling is better for personal conversations and you can go through a whole conversation at one time rather than wait for someone to text back. Many teenagers spend all their time texting, going through thousands ten thousand to twenty thousand texts a month. Texting became more popular because it became so much easier than calling someone. “Because typing text into a telephone keypad was cumbersome and the number of characters in a text message was limited, a form of shorthand evolved, especially among young people. (Hadzay)” Teachers are beginning to complain that texting is ruining grammar and that teenagers are forgetting how to speak proper English.
They would rather him be alive right now instead of going to his funeral tomorrow. Texting and Driving is one of the leading causes of death.1.8 million people are in accidents each year because of it and half of them are killed. With that being said, there are plenty of other distractions that cause many “Close Calls” or wrecks! Besides texting and driving, eating and drinking is another “wreck-causer”. People eat and drink all the time while they drive.
What make me question why teens die so often (depending on the severity of the accident) is weren’t they wearing a seatbelt? While it states in the article that “according to NHTSA, only 76 percent of teen drivers routinely use their seatbelts” (Carty, 2011 pg. 5 pp. 10) seems like that would save more lives. However most teens thought isn’t to put that seatbelt on first, it’s to make sure their phone is all charged up, the radios loud or their friends make distractions for them.
Putting not only their lives in danger, but oncoming traffic as well that may be carrying valuable contents like children in the vehicle. According to AAA foundations for traffic safety there are the following facts about distracted driving. Drivers spend more than half their time behind the wheel engaged in distracted behavior. More than 8,000 crashes a day are caused by distracted driving, the use of a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of an accident occurring. 87% of drivers (including myself), agree with laws put into place against reading, typing, or texting while driving behind the wheel.
Argument Essay There are approximately 6 million car accidents per year in the U.S, forty percent of car accidents are caused by drunk driving, thirty percent are due to driving above speed limit, and the other thirty percent are because of reckless driving. There are many causes for accidents and the use of cell phones is the minority of the causes. If the government is ready to prohibit using cell phones while driving, then they should be ready to prohibit many other things as well. This entire debate is nothing new. Distracted driving has been a hot topic since 1905, and there were no cell phones back then.