While you are driving and you hear a vibration from your phone, what do you do? If you are like most you will take it out and look at it. If you do this, you are putting not only yourself at risk but others to. It can cause you to swerve into the other lane and potentially hit oncoming traffic. Or even swerve into a ditch and hit a beam or go into a deep creek. 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. It is not as common for adults to text and drive. Adults have more experience behind the wheel in a car than the youth do. Yet most of the time when they get a text there eyes go from the road to there phone. In that very short amount of time people can go a long ways. If you are going 60 mph, in 3 seconds you will travel 100 yards, that is a football field long. Yet almost 660,000 people during the daylight hours are on their phones while driving. …show more content…
That includes eating, texting, or even messing with you car radio. If you see anyone texting and driving you can report it to the local police. The fine for texting and driving can be up to 200$ and time in jail. I do not think a single text is worth that let alone time in jail. Yet people don't see what kinds of damage they can cause when the hit someone. What if they kill someone in the crash then have to live with the fact that they killed
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Discouraging Distracted Driving A couple months ago my roommates and a couple friends were enjoying a sporting event that was being broadcasted on the television. During one of the commercial breaks we were socializing with each other and all of a sudden each of us, one by one became quite because of a commercial that was airing. The word “yeah” flashed across the screen and then a young woman with tears streaming down here face said, “these were the last words my sister read before she died”. Her sister had been driving while reading a text message that was four simple letters, “yeah”.
Also, “It found that people talking on hands-free devices drive at faster speeds than those using hand-held device possibly because the hands-free device provides a false sense of security, resulting in a greater incidence of car accidents” ("The Evidence on Hands-free Cell Phone Devices While Driving”).This study that was found shows that people who use hands free technology drive at a faster speed than people who use handheld technology. Therefore this study by researchers at The University of Utah helps to prove that drivers who use hands free devices are more likely to cause car accidents. Hands free technology is just as distracting or even more distracting than the use of regular technology. In fact, “More than 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer than handheld as the brain remains distracted by the cell phone conversation” “The problem is the brain does not truly multi-task. Just like you can’t read a book and talk on the phone, you can’t safely operate a vehicle and talk on the phone” ("Why Hands-Free Cell Phones Are Not Safer: Safety Council.").
The drivers who survive the accidents can experience post traumatic stress syndrome, which is common in those who have seen or experienced trauma. Liz Marks got into a car accident after picking up her phone to read a text and is now blind in one eye, partially paralyzed, and her face is disfigured. This is mentally affecting her because her friends are no longer associating with her. Marks is realizing that reading the text was not worth what she is going through now. They may suffer from flashbacks to the event or bad dreams (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome par 1).
What is distracted driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger the driver, passengers, and bystander safety. I believe that it is extremely important to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving among all drivers, but most especially teenagers—in this age of new technology. I do think that many drivers are aware of the dangers of driving distracted, but it is also possible that they simply decide not to follow the rules.
Most likely people who are texting while driving can get into an accident. So, it’s important for drivers to put down any device that distracts them and focus on driving. Per the article, 18-year-old Brooke Miranda Huges and her 19-year-old passenger were both killed. “She was also live-streaming on Facebook when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of her Suzuki Forenza on a Pennsylvania highway.” Also, statistics say, “660,000 number of drivers in the U.S. using cell phones while driving right now
It’s amazing how many people will still drive distracted, either by texting, talking on the phone, or even not paying attention to what is in front of them. Over 5,000 distracted driver crashes have occurred in Utah in a year. This has resulted in 3,000 injured and almost 20 deaths. Wouldn 't you think that would be enough to make people think and see what is happening? Texting or looking at your phone is now illegal in most states yet so many people still do it.
Damage Done By Distracted Drivers Did you know “ 1 out of every 4 car accident in the United States every day is caused by texting and driving resulting in nearly 330,33 injuries occurring each year” (schumaker,1)? Texting and driving puts many at risk besides the driver being distracted by a cellular device. Texting is the act of composing, sending, reading a text message, email, or making similar use of the web on a mobile phone while operating a motorized vehicle. Texting and driving is a growing problem that is only going to increase if we don 't do anything about 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.
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.
States across the US are starting to implement laws in an effort to stop distracted driving. Truck drivers have to follow another set of rules governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They regulate how long a truck driver can be on and off the road and the FMCSA also defines and regulates distracted driving in the trucking industry. Distracted driving is a dangerous practice but distracted truck drivers put private commuters at an even higher risk for severe injury or fatality.
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. the statistics above are from: http://distracteddriving.caa.ca/education/
It makes all drivers 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. 2. It is estimated that at least 23% of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use , that’s 1.3 million crashes. 3. Taking your eyes off
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.
(Dreschel, 2014) b. Texting while driving not only threatens your life, but also everyone else on the road. c. (Statistic) Eleven percent of drivers aged 18 to 20 who were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitted, they were sending or receiving texts when they crashed. (Smith, 2014) d. (Fact) (statistic) Nearly half of US high school students aged ≥16 years old report texting while driving during the past 30 days. (O'Malley, 2013) e. (Fact)
Every day drivers who choose to text risk their own life as well as yours. These are car accidents that don't have to happen. In 2011 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones, that's 1.3 million crashes. These can be easily prevented by turning off the phone while in the car.