Thousands of people die each year from auto accidents. Many deaths caused by speeding leave families devastated. “Speeding accidents about as popular as drinking and driving accidents” (Boyles). Speed limits is supposedly what keeps us safe while out on the road. Many people think that they do not need to follow the speed limit signs.
Older people often have physical impairments that make it difficult for them to cross the street. However, older people are less likely to walk while intoxicated. Studies have shown that socioeconomic status can play a role in pedestrian accidents. People who are economically disadvantaged are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident. Researchers believe that a lack of social support is one of the reasons the economically-disadvantaged are more likely to be involved in an accident.
This is simply because Alcohol can put people in danger. Drunk driving seems to be a black spot of our civilization. An average of 17,000 individuals die each year in drunk driving related accidents, and drunk driving continues to be an enormously important public safety issue (MADD). With lowering this drinking age we can only expect more cases of drunk driving and more lives are put in danger. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that about 900 lives are saved annually due to fewer alcohol-related traffic crashes involving underage drivers.
For this reason, I think that it is important to teach drivers the dangers of distracted driving more than we already do. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted drivers. In comparison, in 2013, 424,000 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted drivers, a 10% increase in death. This percentage has and will be increasing in the coming years if we don’t put more effort into teaching drivers how dangerous it really is when driving
Distracted driving is composed of actions such as texting, talking on the phone, eating and drinking, etc. Distracted driving is costly to society because it is incredibly dangerous, costs large sums of money, and can cause good people to become criminalized. Distracted driving is costly to society because it is incredibly dangerous. For example, in the United States alone, over 3,000 people are killed and 400,000 people are injured annually due to accidents involving distracted driving (No Author Listed, 2017). Anytime a driver is operating a vehicle and not paying full attention to the road, the chances of an accident occurring increases greatly.
Many crimes such as murder and theft gain a lot of attention if committed, but things like speeding past the speed limit are also a crime, so they should gain attention as well, if committed. Frank Trippett, in his excerpt, says that “It is painfully apparent today that millions of Americans…..are taking increasing liberties with all sorts of ‘minor’ laws…”. He says that Americans ignore certain laws over others, because their impact is much less than that of something like rape or murder. However, these laws’ punishments are not as great as other crimes’ punishments, therefore making them seem less significant. The “foundations of social order are profoundly shaken...when citizens take a skirting to the law”(Trippett) is not as true as you may think.
Everyone knows that ATVs can be deadly but don’t realize that it could be them that shows up in the newspaper column on recent deaths. There has been an abundance of ATV accidents happening recently and it is becoming more and more of a problem. One of the reasons there has been an increase in the number of accidents is children. Nothing means more to you as a parent then your own children, yet parents still place their kids on oversized ATVs. A study at the University of Utah claimed that children may be at additional risk for rollovers on turns because of their relative lack of weight and strength, additionally ATVs have a high center of gravity and a short wheelbase to drive over rough terrain(Jolley).
This problem has destroyed a significant amount of families and put many Americans at risk of fatal accidents. America must band together to encourage safer drinking which will lead to safer driving. Drunk driving is one of the leading cause of death in America so in order to stop this problem, we must start mass campaigning against drinking and driving, install ignition locks, and lower the drinking age to 18. If this problem were allowed to continue, we will surely see an increase in number of alcohol related accidents in the near future. Drunk driving is not something to take lightly, we must find ways to potentially stop this epidemic from continuing.
When a person is distracted while driving, it can not only harm themself, it also puts the other people in the car and other vehicles and pedestrians around them in danger. According to the article Distracted Driving, in 2015 alone 37,461 lives were
Another group heavy traffic affects are the emergency personnel because they are relied upon to help out with emergencies and keep the area safe. Though they may not have much trouble getting around when its convenient for them, they can be affected when there is a particularly bad rush hour and they are investigating a crash or when they need to go respond to an emergency. The amount of people on the road at a time when that happens hinders the amount of what they are able to do to help because the area is crowded. This makes their job harder to complete in many cases, and also makes it harder on the