Oprah Winfrey’s New York Times editorial essay “Dnt Txt N Drv,” explains the extreme consequences of texting while driving. In the essay Winfrey talks about people who were killed by distracted drivers sending text messages or talking on their cell phones devices while driving. She also mentioned the similarity in how texting while driving is as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol. Winfrey claims some excellent points throughout her essay about the dangers of texting while driving. The truth is many of us done it and still do it.
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.
Each year, drivers who use cell phones cause 1.6 million car accidents and nearly 330,000 injuries. Considering that cell phones are one of the greatest items to happen, it make stuff easier to accomplish without having to do much effort, communicating with anyone around the world, but there should be a limit when it could endanger other people’s lives. It is not only the phones that drivers are distracted by, it is also foods, drinks, conversing, and listening to loud music. Someone can lose their life due to a simple act such as texting and taking a selfie while driving. There are numerous cases that involve a person getting hurt or worse, killed, thanks to a driver being distracted.
Snyder uses the percentages of the average alcohol consumption of a certain age contrasting to the amount of time to support her claim. In the graphs provided, it can pinpointed that for “a 20-year-old man who saw few alcohol advertisements...was predicted to have 9 alcoholic drinks in the past month compared with 16 drink if he saw many advertisements”(Synder 5). Snyder uses fear and caution to attract the readers to her statement against the exposures that lead youths drinking. In the article, she states that underage kids “who consume approximately 20% of all alcoholic drinks...are involved in twice as many fatal car crashes while drinking”(Snyder 1). She list other negative effects of
My example of a singular explanation to a social problem is the accident rate while driving sky rocketed because of driving while intoxicated. Driving while intoxicated has cause many accidents but it is not the only reason that caused the collision rate to increase. Texting while driving is another reason the collision rate increased. Recently, it is said there are 10,550 alcohol related crashes while there were about 1.6 billion crashes caused by cell phones. Intoxication and texting while driving are the main reason collisions happen but there are many more, for example, running a stop light causes about 40 percent of the car collisions.
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.
Distracted driving is one of the biggest epidemic in the world today. What causes the problem is almost everyone who drives having access to a phone or some type of device in their car. Cars today are starting to be fitted with touch screens, which when people use they don’t necessarily see it as a distraction. Answering a call, texting someone, or even changing a song are all forms of distracted driving. “At any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.” (“Texting and Driving Accident Statistics”, n.d).
But take a look at these statistics. 50% to 75% of people who have been convicted of drunk driving still drive with an expired license. (Johnston) When we think about drunk driving, we think about teens. Teens are not the only ones who drink and drive but they are mostly the ones who make the wrong choices when it comes to drinking. One reason why teens drink and drive is because of peer pressure.
There are many benefits to having a lowered drinking age, which I will explain in this letter. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 10 teens in high school drink and drive. This is a lot. The CDC also states that young drivers are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol level of .08 or above compared to when they haven’t been drinking; however, there is still some good news. Teen drinking
(signpost: To begin) BODY I. Texting and driving is a major problem in the United States today. A. Texting and driving occurs in teens and is becoming more of a problem. 1. According to Edgar Snyder and Associations in 2017, 10% of the ages 15-19 were involved in a fatal crash at the time of the crash. a. Snyder also explains that teens are 4x more likely to be involved in a crash that is from texting and driving.