Accidents: The Harmful Effects Of Distracted Driving

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“…Every day nine people die and 1,060 people are hurt in crashes where distraction is reported as a cause. That’s a death every 2.6 hours, and 44 injuries an hour.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2014/02/24/distracted-driving-9-die-1060-hurt-each-day-cdc-says/) This information was only derived from the crashes that were reported to police investigators; so, just imagine how many more incidents go unidentified. The world has become so engulfed in technology, along with fanatical pleasures, that society has forgotten to put safety first while driving! A wide range of drivers, sixteen and up, experience situations in which they’re distracted from the road. Once they become distracted, they lose train of thought and their brains seem to forget that they’re operating a motor vehicle. Several people fail to realize the harmful effects that come along with distracted driving because they feel they can multitask; unfortunately, a handful of those people find out the hard way. There is a list of distractions that affect a driver’s ability to focus on the road: texting while driving, talking on a hand-held device, surfacing the internet, and eating. For this reason, several people have come up with different approaches to…show more content…
(https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dangers-texting-while-driving). Surprisingly, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eye off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is about the equivalent of driving blind at a rate of 55-mph for the length of an entire football field. Justifications for these particular actions lie in the function of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. It releases bursts of energy that cause people to search their phones when they receive a text or notification. “People don’t know their brains are being
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