Texting While Driving: Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving: Technology has become an obsession among many Americans. Over the years cell phones have gone from a business necessity, to a personal necessity. As a result of cell phone dependence and the need for a person to always be accessible, Americans continuously endanger themselves and others by texting while driving. The Vermont texting while driving law is widely ignored because it is severely flawed. Texting while driving has been forbidden in Vermont since July 2010. (Texting While Driving) Over a period of ten months, Vermont police officers issued a total of sixty-four citations for texting while driving because this law is not an easy one to enforce. (Vermont Having Problems) The only thing illegal about using cell…show more content…
In August 2011, an eighteen year old driver was texting while driving and struck a woman walking her dog in Colchester, Vermont. (Driver Texting) The injured woman landed in critical condition. Her dog was killed. That three second text caused enough of a distraction for someone to get hurt. If you are driving 70 mph, you’re traveling 100 feet per second. (Vermont Having Problems) While writing just a three-second text message, you can go the length of a football field without looking at the road. (Vermont Having Problems) That’s pretty mind blowing if you ask me. The texting while driving law is useless if you ask me. Texting while driving has been banned for all drivers, while any use of a cell phone has been banned for anyone under the age of eighteen. (Texting While Driving) What kind of dim-wit wrote this law? Adult drivers can be distracted just as much as teenage drivers. Studies estimate that distractions caused by cell phone use while driving result in roughly 2600 fatalities and 330,000 injuries each year in the United States. (Noder) This number could be much higher because it is difficult to prove cell phone usage without reviewing a billing…show more content…
Put the danger in perspective for people. Make them think about someone they care about. Make them talk about how distraught they would be if someone they loved was hit and injured by a distracted driver. People don’t understand. You have to really smack someone upside the head for them to comprehend it. It makes no sense to ban something that cannot be enforced. Make cell phone use in general illegal while driving, or get rid of the law. Cells phones have become a part of everyday life for Americans. Regulate their usage. Force drivers to be safe by implementing stricter laws. Wallentine 4 Works Cited "Driver Texting When Colchester Woman Hit.” News Channel 5 WPTZ. WPTZ News 11 Aug. 2011. Web. 07 Oct. 2011. Noder, Shannon. "Talking and Texting While Driving: A Look at Regulating Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel." 2009. Web. 07 Oct. 2011. "Texting While Driving, Vermont’s Texting Law” Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles 01 June 2010. Web. 07 Oct. 2011. "Vermont Having Problems to Enforce Its Texting Ban, Texting While Driving News, Research, Facts, Studies, Statistics, Blog." Text and Drive with the Text'n Drive Mobile Application. Text'n Drive, 15 Aug. 2011. Web. 07 Oct.

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