Texting and driving has caused many deaths among teens and others, and many families grieve every day, wishing that the worst action anyone can do while driving to become illegal. In the year 2009, 5,500 people died in texting and driving related accidents (Johnson, 2012). From then the numbers only go up because of the growth of technology. Since the issue has grown and causing more and more problems, laws need to change and become stricter to fit the new forms of
Driver inattention, which includes the use of cell phones, is the leading cause of traffic accidents of which texting while driving is considered the most dangerous part of using a cell phone. Texting and driving is always a problem people people always die or get injured. 11 teens die every day with the
That’s a high number of teens that put everyone at risk because of the urge to text while driving. Seppa also adds that according to the National Safety Council 100,000 plus crashes a year are caused because of texting while driving (par. 40). So what is our government doing to try and prevent people from texting and driving? Jeff Hecht, author of “Just Hang Up and Drive” explains that 41 states have banned people from texting while driving and six different states have banned teens from using their phones while driving. This didn’t come into effect until many accidents occurred in which they couldn’t ignore the problem any longer (par. 10).
I’ll usually be changing the music, or trying to read a text. According to the Huffington Post, ‘’ 9 Americans are killed everyday from motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving…’’ That statistic definitely shocked me. In my mind, I see primarily only teenagers texting while driving, but I see more older people do it also. For example, one day while I was passing a man on a highway he was just playing a game on his phone.
In today’s society, distracted driving is a major issue, one we have been struggling with since the invention of cell phones. In 2013 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving in the US. While many methods have been used to try and stop distracted driving, people are still in search of the best way to go about it. Many believe that we will get the best results by distributing PSAs, or Public Service Announcements, across the nation through different forms of media. They believe that, by showing people the facts, they will become more educated on the dangers of distracted driving and cease to do so.
Many people believe that age doesn’t matter, it’s only the experience that does. Others say age plays a big role due to the fact that the younger the people are, the less mature they act. There are so many reasons to why the driving age should be raised. Thousands of people wonder what could be done to prevent all these tragic fatalities and between all those debates raising the legal age for driving has been the most controversial. Car accidents are reported every day.
“…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!
Distracted driving can lead to car accidents. When people do other things, it can be result in an car accidents. According to the Safe Motorist website, “In 2010, 3092 people were killed in a crash involving a distracted driver” (Safemotorist). That is over 3000 people who did not go home to their families. Texting, being lost in thought, adjusting the radio, eating, and not paying attention to the road might cause an accident.
While there are many dangers people worry about on the road, many of those dangers include distractions or habits that can be easily stopped and crashes related to those distractions could be stopped if the habits were broken. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, and 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1.9 million injuries and crashes could be avoided if cell phone use and habits were stopped or cracked down on. There are different types of distracted driving including visual, cognitive, and manual, cell phone use includes all three.
Matter of fact, "road traffic crashes is the second leading cause of death worldwide" even though it can be controlled and a majority of it stopped (Bener 54). With men, on average, being semi-drivers and driving the cars they own, they are at more of a risk of being the cause of the fatal crashes (Bener 56). Highway driving is dangerous as it is, so when you add men who think their car is cooler than everyone else's and the need to get to their job is top priority, crashes happen. In British Columbia between 2000 to 2012 there were 4,507 crashes where someone was killed, 1600 of them because of speeding (Brubacher e92). Says something that we need to change, in the United States, because odds with a number of accidents there are on a regular basis, the United States is higher in casualties.
Cell Phones are a well-known source of distraction for drivers. The impairments associated with using a cell phone behind the wheel are on par with those of drunk driving, and the US National Safety Council has implicated device usage in 26% of all vehicular crashes (Bernstein & Bernstein 1). Distracted driving is a growing public safety hazard, with the number of fatal wrecks increasing each year. Research shows that there is a great need for increasing public awareness of the potential risks associated with cell phones and other devices. Due to the proliferation of text messaging, smart phones, and interactive apps; drivers are more prone to take their eyes off of the road.
Teenagers pose the biggest threat because they are constantly on their phones believing they can simultaneously text and drive. Statistics prove that eight of every ten texting accidents is caused by a teen driver. Making it illegal to use phones when driving would initially decrease this problem. Answering phone calls while driving is just as terrible if not worse than texting. Maybe when talking on the phone you 're still able to watch the road, but your focus is on who is talking to and what they 're talking about.
When one thinks of a public health issue, often times individuals immediately think of topics revolving around certain diseases or areas of health that are difficult to counteract such as obesity, smoking, or eating healthy. However, public health issues not only involve areas that affect the biological side of ones health, but also the overall well being of others lives, including life and death. These lives are not affected directly due to specific genetics or actions caused by other biological affects but due to the physical actions and habits of others and ones self. This is recognized in the public health issue of distracted driving, specifically texting and driving. Through the increased concern of texting and driving, individuals are
A highly effective approach to the problem of distracted driving is to make its penalties as severe as DUI penalties. This dangerous driving behavior, which has become a national pandemic, refers to objects or activities (either internal or external) that cause a diversion in the driver’s attention. As a result, the driver switches focus to a non-driving activity—such as using a cellphone, eating a meal, or looking at a billboard. The current fine imposed by the State of California for using electronic devices behind the wheel is only $20, the lowest in the country, for a first-time offense (Bundy and Raja,1). Contrast that with a first-time DUI offender who faces a six-month jail time and a heavy fine of up to $3,000.
A story was writing by Alex Kotlowitz, about two boys and their mother, Lafayette and Pharaoh. Lafayette was ten years old and Pharaoh was seven years old. They were living in a neighborhood in Chicago. The author was asked by a friend to write an essay for a photo, since the author was working as a freelance journalist. The author never met them before, he only saw a photo of Lafayette, and the author explained what Lafayette was wearing such as a Kangol cap was too big for him.