Negative Effects Of Texting And Driving

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All over the world, people are starting a life-threatening trend of recording themselves going live, texting, checking social media, and taking selfies while driving. In the states of Montana and Arizona cell phone use while driving is still not considered dangerous. So many think of texting and driving as a profoundly severe distraction. I just want to shine a spotlight on a small portion of a larger issue of distracted driving. According to "Gov. Bob McDonnell he says he 'll support the changes, but suggest that fines for distracted driving be compared to those for drunken and reckless driving" (Tsukayama, 2013). Texting while driving is becoming considerably more of a hazard than a DUI amongst young and adult drivers. The primary group of readers I intend to target are teenagers and young adults in the age range of 16 to 34. According to a study performed by AT&T, 43% of teens have confessed to texting while driving. As for adults 41% text and drive daily because it made them feel more productive and connected (Beck, Zuckman, Thomas, 2012). As shown in figure 1 below Figure 1 AT&T Teen Driving Survey, 2012 According to statistics, 10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted drivers at the time of the crash; this age group is the largest proportion of drivers who were driving distracted at the time of the crash. The problem is very real and is purported to exceed the dangers of drunk driving
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