Facts How Big Is The Problem? FATALITIES: In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver; 3,360 were killed in 2011. MAJOR/MINOR INJURIES: An additional, 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012, a 9% increase from the 387,000 people injured in 2011. In 2011, nearly one in five crashes (17%) in which someone was injured involved distracted driving. More than 3,000 teens die each year in Canada in crashes caused by texting while driving In 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Every day in the united states there are on average nine people killed and one thousand one hundred fifty-three injured due to texting and driving. So why do people people put themselves in the dangerous situation of texting and driving? (Centers for disease control and prevention.) There are three main types of distracted driving. Visual which means taking your eyes of the road, Manual which mean taking your hands off the real, and cognitive which means taking your mind off
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 to 25 year olds, and alcohol and/or drug impairment is a factor in 55% of those crashes. Males: Account for 87% of the young fatally injured drinking drivers and 89% of the seriously injured drinking drivers. Young drinking drivers are most likely to be killed or injured in the summer (32.4% and 40.8% respectively) and least likely to be killed or injured in the winter (8% and 11.4% respectively). Weekend: A large percentage of young drinking drivers die or are seriously injured on the weekend. Night time: The vast majority of young drinking drivers die or are seriously injured in crashes at night.
“In 2013, there were a total of 30,057 fatal crashes in the United States that involved 44,574 drivers. As a result of those fatal crashes, almost 32,719 people were killed.” Almost half of distracted driving crashes are rear end crashes which then results in hitting more cars and making those cars go out of control ending in either hitting innocent people or more cars. There are many things the Federal government and the states are doing to prevent this thing from happening. Such as “many states are banning texting while driving, or using graduated driver licensing systems for teen drivers, to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and to keep it from occurring.” Also on “September 30, the President issued an executive order prohibiting Federal Employees from texting while driving on Government business or with Government equipment.” I feel as though the government should do some more to prevent teens from using cell phones while driving. It’s not just texting but messing with music, talking on the phone, or even talking to Siri can end in some innocent person getting hurt, all because someone wasn 't paying attention to the road for a split
Another risk of drinking at a younger age is the increased chance of addiction, studies have shown that the earlier an individual start drinking the higher the chances are of becoming an alcoholic. One of the last reasons the legal drinking age should stay at twenty-one is possibly the biggest reason why it is. Driving under the influence is one of the leading causes of accidents in the US, killing approximately one person every fifty-two minutes. The age group of sixteen- nineteen-year-olds are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash, due to the involvement of alcohol, than someone in their twenties. One of the leading causes of DUI’s is peer pressure, usually from teenagers attempting to impress friends or acquaintances.
For example, facts and statistics that have proven this statement have been "In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers." (distraction.gov/stats). This proves that being distracted while driving can be fatal. Another example of a statistic proving this statement is "Drivers in their 20s are 23 percent of drivers in all fatal
Eisenhower cites four main pieces of evidence. He first cites the unfortunately high number of fatalities and injuries on the current highways. Eisenhower argues that the more than thirty six thousand wounded and more than one million injured highway users put a high financial burden not only on the individual family who faces tragedy, but also on the nation. In Eisenhower 's report, he states, “But reliable estimates place the measurable economic cost of the highway accident toll to the Nation at more than $4.3 billion a year.” With this information, Eisenhower shows that with an updated highway system, accidents, and thus costs, could be cut considerably. Next, Eisenhower cites the poor condition of the current highways.
Failing to Yield Failure to yield plays a major part of the drivers’ negligent according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Approximately, 3,000 deadly car accidents occur when a driver makes a quick decision about who has the right of way and when to yield. Roughly 80,000 motorists received a traffic citation when they failed to yield in the year of 2012. The statistics show that more senior citizens receive the most traffic citations than any other age group for failing to yield. Distracted Drivers Kill The first thing a novice driver taught is to keep your eyes on the road.
In truth, people only half accurate about alcohol causing accident where people are killed. Drunk driving is what’s killing people and older adults drink and drive. It’s as if the blame of drunk driving is only on young adults. Matt Nagin writes, “…According to M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), in 2010 the highest drunk driving rates were found amongst those ages 21 to 25 (23.4%)…” (n.pag).
James Pohlabeln, the drunk driver involved in the collision that killed four people including himself, was driving in the wrong lane of the highway I-75 which resulted in the crash. James Pohlabeln contemplated of suiciding a couple months before his death as told by his wife Marcy Pohlabeln because of his brother’s death. “Just 48 hours before the collision that resulted in the deaths, James Pohlabeln was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to control. That same night just hours before from the crash, James Pohlabeln pleaded not guilty and released on his own recognizance.” (Sharan D. Boykin) Drunk driving is a very dangerous act in which this article proves that driving under the influence can result in serious injury or even deaths. In this case, drunk people should never drive while under intoxicated.
Luckily for me, I was okay when my mom was texting while driving but it doesn’t always workout that good. So let 's get into it. About 1.3 million people die in road crashes per year. But how many of those deaths are really because of distracted driving? There are really six main examples of distracted driving being applying makeup, eating, texting, drinking, singing, and doing drugs.
Many teens are killed daily because of motor vehicle accidents.This not only affects the teens but their families too. According to www.cdc.gov, 48% of teens deaths are caused by accidents. The amount of teen deaths could ultimately be lowered if the driving age was changed. Many teens are irresponsible and could be the cause of car accidents. According to www.edgarnyder.com, 56% of teens talk on the phone while driving and 34% text while driving.
According to the article, “Alcohol and Teens” the author explain that “each year, almost 2,000 people under the age of 21 die in car crashes in which underage drinking is involved. Alcohol is involved in nearly half of all violent deaths involving youth. In 2010, 56% of drivers 15 to 20 years of age who were killed in motor-vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt” (Dryden-Edwards). When people drunk they do not know any things about what is happening. They were so fun and forget about their