In August 2007 a technical report was compiled entitled An Investigation of the Effects of Reading and Writing Text-Based Messages While Driving (Cooper, Yager, & Chrysler, 2007). This report was assembled for the Texas Transportation Institute. at Texas A&M University. In this study 42 subjects participated ranging in age from 16-54. The study measured the problems created by texting while driving a real vehicle on a closed course and was measured in three different ways. Control: no texts sent or received, Writing: composing a text on their device, and Reading: driver reading a story on their device. Analysis of the collected test data showed that participant reaction times were significantly slowed when writing or reading text messages, and that writing text messages impaired the driver’s reaction times even more than reading. These tests showed slowed responses to light changes, deviations in speed and deviations in lane
In today’s world, cell phone devices take a big part in our lives. We depend on our devices for communication needs such as surfing the internet, making calls, and texting. Yes, cellphones are useful but also more dangerous when used at inappropriate times. One of the most dangerous time to use cell phones is while driving. 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. In fact, it is a common occurrence nowadays to see people texting during driving. Many drivers engage in the practice not considering about the potential detrimental effects of their actions. Winfrey suggests all we have to do is hang up or switch off. It
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. One reason the majority of people are against this action is because it
How many people get hurt and die from texting and driving? Texting and driving can be fatal and each day over 1,000 people get hurt due to distracted drivers. I’m sure you have been driving somewhere and have seen a car accident in your lifetime. Have you ever thought about what caused the accident? Possibly it could be caused by a distracted driver.  Before you ever text and drive think about the millions of people who die every year due to texting and driving.If you 've ever known anyone who has died from texting and
In the United States texting and driving laws are on state to states bases, which leaves questions from state to state and unawareness of laws like it did in the state of Utah. In A Deadly Wandering, by Matt Richtel, he examines the growing influence that technology has on the United States, and uses Reggie Shaw as an example. In 2006, Reggie Shaw was driving when he spun out of control and hit a car head on killing the two passengers. He did not remember the accident, but records showed that he had sent eleven text messages within minutes of the accident and denied it. When the trial rose, the state of Utah was uncertain of how to precede- their unawareness blindsided them. His main point in the book was the growing usage, and posed the question of how can we find a balance? He also reflected on the effects that technology has on the brain while driving, and how much it does affect someone’s driving ability. Shaw’s case exemplifies why as a country, the United States needs national texting and driving laws for balance and awareness and
Purpose Statement – Texting while driving is a serious distraction and one that could cost you your life or the lives of others.
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. A distracted driver would travel the length of a football field when driving sixty miles per hour (Hollister, 2013). The length and amount of time could cause a horrific accident. Traffic safety researchers at Virginia Tech also recognized that those who participate in the act of texting and driving will be twenty-three times more likely to crash (Johnson, 2012). Everyone can see the evidence that distracted driving exists, specifically texting and driving. The people need to recognize it. Texting and driving has caused many deaths among teens and others, and many families grieve every day, wishing that the worst action anyone can do while driving to become illegal. In the year 2009, 5,500 people died in texting and driving related accidents (Johnson, 2012). From then the numbers only go up because of the growth of technology. Since the issue has grown and causing more and more problems, laws need to change and become stricter to fit the new forms of
Transition: Now that I have introduced my topic, I would like to begin by talking about hazards and harms of texting and driving.
One of the greatest death causes while driving for many years was because of individuals driving under the influence of alcohol. However, alcohol is no longer the only reason why so many deaths are being caused out in the streets while driving. Society is so consumed by this one thing that even while driving it cannot wait. Those who are driving do not understand the danger they put themselves and others in when they give their attention away from the road and everything around them. This small device in the hands of people while driving has caused many deaths in our world. People will always have arguments for either one side, saying that texting is more dangerous while driving or drinking. After reading the research that was made, those who are entrusted while driving might have a different insight of the impact they can cause around them if not being responsible.
Texting while driving is a major discussion today, as it is becoming more popular. Texting and turning focus to the phone while driving can affect the craft of safe driving. What many users of technology do not know is that other features of text besides texting, such as emailing and searching the GPS are other distractions that can become dangerous. These types of activities are not as dangerous as
FATALITIES: In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver; 3,360 were killed in 2011.
Specific purpose: to persuade my audience that the use of cellphone while driving has become a life threatening not only to the driver but also to other motorist and pedestrians.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes away a person’s attention from driving. Results from this action can range from minor to major consequences.
Cell phones can negatively affect one’s physical health. 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. This crash is just one of the millions of deadly crashes caused by texting and driving that happen every year. Ultimately, use of cell phones caused this physical harm. As one could see, cell phones have and will lead to physical harm to people. In addition to the physical harm due to car accidents
CI: To persuade my audience to not text while driving by stating factors that contribute to the problem and a few possible solutions