How to Fight Distracted Driving by Lianna Thompson Safer roads is a goal that virtually everyone benefits from since we all share the road infrastructure. However this goal of safe roads can be difficult since there are many circumstances that can put drivers in dangerous situations. But perhaps the one that has gotten the most attention as of late is the issue of distracted driving. There have been countless attempts in order to help stop this issue, yet it still remains one of the leading causes of auto accidents.
Using a cell phone while driving is dangerous and could be deadly. 1. The severity of distracted driving can range from a totaled car to devastating injuries or fatalities. Most drivers do not realize they are not only putting themselves in danger when they drive distracted. They are also endangering those around them as well.
In fact, according to “Distracted Driving Is Now an Epidemic in the U.S.”, “U.S. fatalities from traffic accidents rose 7.2% last year to 35,092—the largest increase in 50 years—and distracted driving played a role in 10% of those deaths... fatalities from “distraction-affected” crashes increased 8.8% to 3,477 from 3,197… ”(Distracted Driving Is Now an Epidemic in the U.S.). Distracted driving has such a big impact in our life because it has such a big impact on the ability to drive. “Texting & Driving” states, “driving with a
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.
Some states have now made it illegal to drive while using hand-held cell phones. By doing so it allows the driver to become more engaged into his or her driving. I see driving as a way to free yourself and not a way to be tied down to electronics or social media. It is proven that people who drive while using a hand-held device have a higher chance of getting into an accident. Making the use of hand-held devices illegal provides a safer experience for all types of drivers, it allows drivers to be more engaged, and it allows the driver to be alert to on going changes.
Distracted driving is a serious issue in the United States that can have major negative effects and needs to be rectified. Everyday accidents on the road occur and distracted driving plays a major role in them. It is commonly agreed upon that it needs to be rectified, but the important question is, whether the repercussions for distracted driving should be equated to drunken driving. Based on data, statistics, and the effects of distracted driving, the repercussions for distracted driving and drunken driving should be equated. Equating the repercussions will be effective in reducing the number of road fatalities by creating a sense of precaution and seriousness for all drivers.
There are many risk that comes with distracted driving although not all end in a horrific results most accidents are lethal. The government realized the threat and accident percentage was rising so they are trying to ban CellPhone use while driving . Although cell phones have not been around for a very long time, they have become a key part of our lives. People use their cell phones for just about everything such as: texting, talking, social media etc.
Small cameras could focus on the eyes of the driver and ensure that sight is either locked on the road, checking the mirrors, or looking in the blind spot. Any deviance from these motions would result in an auditory beep and warning to bring one’s attention back to the road. Implementing these personal and manufactured strategies would lead to increased awareness and prevention of distracted driving. It is pertinent to educate and share the dangers of distracted driving through large-scale campaigns, social media posts, and word of mouth to reinforce the influence and consequences it has on the lives of all people. Furthermore, legislative efforts that impose stricter penalties and enhance enforcement for distracted driving can reinforce the message and deter potential offenders.
It’s a pretty frightening statistic that about a quarter of speeding tickets in the US are issued in error. If you’ve ever been slapped with one of these fines, then, you may be wondering how many of them you could have actually dodged in the past. Shadowing, cosine angle faults and RFI interference are all common errors when it comes to traffic cops issuing speeding tickets. Whatever the problem was, the most important thing to you is probably how you can get off the violation! Here’s a brief guide to fighting your next speeding ticket.
In this era, with technology as a part of everyday life, it has become difficult to use a simple Public Service Announcement (PSA) as a way to reduce distracted drivers. This is due, for the most part, to the developed habit of assuming. People believe, since it’s seen in many shows and commercials, that those ‘bad things’ that come as a result of distracted driving are not likely to occur to them. People want to prove that they are able to do multiple tasks at once and every PSA would be a challenge so to speak, to show they are above average at multitasking. Those such assumptions and aspirations to prove oneself have resulted in such growing rates.
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.
Three of the high risk behaviors account for texting and driving including “eyes off of the road, at least one hand off the wheel, and mind off the driving situation” (Hollister, 2013). The three actions a person partakes in while texting and driving fall into the three major categories the Center for Disease Control established. Once people begin texting and driving, they no longer pay attention to their driving and only their phone or tablet. Distracted driving takes away the reaction time of a driver from avoiding a crash. Comprehending danger while driving takes multiple seconds.
Driving seems like a simple task, after all most people in the world do it in what seems to be an effortless way. What people fail to talk about are the difficulties of driving after doing it for such a long time, specifically when you reach your elderly years. Elderly drivers are faced with multiple issues when driving on the road, including weather conditions that make them experience fear about driving, medical complications and health status that affect the way they drive, and age-related vulnerabilities that alter the way they used to drive as an adult. Elderly drivers should be required to reapply for their driving licenses to not only ensure the people around them are safe, but also to ensure their own safety. As people become older,
Distracted driving is extremely common in youth. Kids do not understand the dangers of distracted driving. That is why I believe we should have an app on our phones, that when you get into a car the phone powers down. The risk of dying is not worth one text. Yet kids in today's world do not see the risks or possibilities that can come out of it.
Though laws have helped prevent cell phone use while operating a vehicle, cell phones still have only greatened the number of distracted driving accidents. Susan Henneberg is an author who focuses on writing about common issues in society. After hearing of a fatal distracted driving accident, she wrote of the accident, “The impact [of the crash] spun their car sideways into Shaw’s lane, and the trailing pickup truck plowed into the side of the Saturn, killing both men instantly”(Henneberg). Both of these drivers were physically hurt all because of texting and driving.