Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Phones were first invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell and a little less than a century later the mobile phone was invented in 1973 ("Alexander Graham Bell" 2009). Now there are about 7 billion people and around 6.8 have a mobile device. These phones cause up to 1.6 million car crashes every year and 1 in 4 out of every car accidents in the U.S. is because of texting and driving ("Texting and Driving Accident Statistics - Distracted Driving"). After examining if technology is a distraction, it is clear that cellphones should be strictly prohibited in classrooms and while driving because it causes many injuries and deaths, students do more poorly in school, and is an unhealthy alternative to physical activity. Texting while driving has been more problematic in the past 10 years because of the rise in cell phone use. In 2013, the Department of Transportation collected information which proves the jump in use has lead to an estimated 3,154 deaths and 424,000 injuries because of drivers distracted by mobile devices (Facts & Statistics About Texting & Driving 2017). Statistics from the National Safety Council say texting while driving has caused about 25% of all car accidents worldwide. Also, their studies show that answering a text can distract a driver for about five seconds; if the driver was traveling at 55 mph, they would travel 160 feet, the length of a football field. The amount of danger the distracted driver is causing for everyone on the road should not be allowed.

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