25% of those text messages are sent while driving. If we all know the dangers of texting and driving, why do we still do it? Texting while driving should be illegal in all fifty states, and all around the world. Being distracted while driving is the number one leading cause of car accidents. Being on your cell phone is the biggest distraction you could have while driving because all of your attention is shifted from the road, to the phone.
Sadly, most people tend to learn only from their own experience. Everyone hear and see how using a cell phone device while driving is dangerous, but most believe it couldn’t possibly happen to them. They hear how it is dangerous to the person driving, also dangerous to the people and cars surrounding that driver. In addition, there are many tragic stories out there like Winfrey mentioned. People hear about lives that has been lost and damages many accidents caused but they choose to ignore it.
Using a cell phone while driving has become increasingly common on our roads today. “Driving while yakking may seem harmless to you,” argues Easterbrook, “but try telling that to the loved ones of the hundreds or even thousands who die each year in totally avoidable phone-related accidents” (A-3). He proposes that there are more methods of catching people carrying out distracted driving. He poses the question, “If automated cameras can issue speeding tickets, why can’t they issue tickets to the owners of cars photographed with a driver using a phone” (A3)? Other potential dangers can even come from the cars themselves
What is distracted driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger the driver, passengers, and bystander safety. I believe that it is extremely important to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving among all drivers, but most especially teenagers—in this age of new technology. I do think that many drivers are aware of the dangers of driving distracted, but it is also possible that they simply decide not to follow the rules.
Distracted driving causes many accidents in the US every years. With being a distracted driving, around “3,154 people are killed in distraction-related crashes and about 424,000 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver” (Harper). In what ways can the people develop solutions to prevent distracted driving for teenagers? One way to help prevent distracted driving is to enforce stricter laws for the amount of passengers allowed in a car with a teenage driver. Backseat drivers can cause the most distractions for a driver and also the use of any technology while driving.
Although most people like to believe driving while using a handheld device should not be illegal, it is actually true that driving while using an handheld device should be illegal. Allowing people to drive around while using their handheld cellphones while on the road would not be safe. People would abuse this option and use their phone while on the road. Car accident rates would increase and many lives would be lost, or effected. Enforcing this law will, too some extent, force people to put their full attention on the road.
According to Inkteen.com “In 2009, 5,474 lives were taken and 448,000 people got injured from car accidents from being distracted while driving, says the government.” Being able to drive may be a dream comes true, but it could easily turns into a nightmare that is never woken up from. The use of technology has grown in constant for many years, distracting people from things that are important. Texting and driving is one of the biggest problems in USA. However, not only are drivers putting themselves in danger, they’re putting passengers in their car and other drivers on the road in danger, too. So it is very precarious to yourself and for the people that surrounding you.
There are large numbers linked to distracted driving, with many injuries and deaths among them. “Texting & Driving” states, “In 2015 42% of teens say they have texted while driving… leading cause of death in teens.”(Texting & Driving). Those affected by distracted driving is not limited to just adults. Teens and early drivers also are often distracted by things such as their cell phone. At the same time, adults are very well affected by distractions when driving.
Death on the right hand side creates a strong idea that texting and driving can result in death, and will ultimately make drivers more aware of the road to prevent any accident from happening. The use of contrast in the image can be seen throughout the image with the use of color, the relationship between the two pictures, and proportion. There is a strong relationship throughout the picture that represent the balance of life and death. Texting is shown as a negative action that can change the balance between the two, and the picture of the grim reaper replying shows that texting will cause a death or an accident. The picture is shown in black and white which represents a serious message being expressed.
My own safety and the safety of the people around me and is much more important than any text. Texting while driving increases the risks of crashing by 23 times, putting yourself and others in danger. There have been too many incidents of people and families being severely injured and dead because of one person who was distracted by their phone by driving. Although I sometimes feel tempted to look at my phone while driving, these tragedies remind and refrain me from doing so.