Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Using a cell phone and driving is distracting and dangerous. 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones. That 's the amount of people who are in car crashes because of texting and driving, just because they don 't crash doesn 't mean they’re not texting. According to AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. Even with the risk of hurting themselves and others they still text and drive. Texting and driving is worse than driving while intoxicated. “That a driver on a phone had the same reaction speed as someone legally intoxicated, that those talking on the phone behind the wheel are four times as likely as to crash, that texting…show more content…
“Studies have shown that teens tend to overrate their driving skills and underrate risks on the road. They also have more trouble multitasking--talking to friends, listening to the radio, and texting are particularly hazardous. Teenage drivers risk of a crash increases 44 percent with one teenage passenger and quadruples with three or more. Two thirds of teen deaths happen in a car driven by another teen”(Zernike 1). It is more likely to have teens crash while texting or talking while other teens are in the car than when a parent or adult is in the car. “Sixty-seven percent of teen drivers who use their cellphone while driving reported that being stopped at a red light makes them more likely to use their cellphone compared to when the vehicle is in motion”(unknown 1). More than 50% of people are more tempted to use their phone while stopped than in motion but, most people don 't put the phone down when they put the car in motion. “But then, in september last year, a driver using a cellphone plowed through a red light and slammed into Ms.Smith 's mother 's mini-SUV”(Hanes 1). You are not only going to hurt yourself but you can kill other people with your…show more content…
“Ten percent of all drivers 15 to19 years old involved in fatal car crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes”(unknown 1). Teens with phones are almost always on their phones, teens don 't realize the risks and even if they do they still choose to text and drive. “Percentage of people who said that they texted while driving between September 2010 and December 2011:males 49%, females 45%. By age: 16 36.5%, 17 46%, 18 58%. Note: figures are based on an analysis of 8,947 high school students from 158 high schools”(Ricks 1). The older they got the higher the percentage got. There are many car crashes due to distracted driving. “In fact, the horrific crash that spurred the NTSB’s recommendation involved a 19 year old who had received or sent texts 11 times in the minutes preceding the accident that killed two and injured 38”(unknown 1). One glance at your phone can cause an accident but when you have a whole conversation the consequences are much
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