Four lives. One crash. One mistake can change everything. In 2013 in Cutchogue, New York around 5 p.m. eight friends were traveling in a limo after a weekend trip. In the limo on the way home, a red pickup collided with the limo and splitting it almost in half instantly killing three of the women, and another dying later at the hospital. Every single year millions of lives are lost to drinking and driving, and as a nation this is a very well respected law with high consequences. In 2014 over 1.1 million people were arrested or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). In recent studies done by Transport Research Laboratory, the reaction time of a drunk driver is decreased by 12%, and over the past 15 years, accidents have decreased dramatically since 2000 when congress adopted a .08 Blood …show more content…
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
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To many people who have not had a personal encounter with drunk drivers, the issue may not hit as hard as people who have had an encounter. Drinking and driving occurs way too frequently and without proper legislations regulating the issue, the general public suffers from the consequences of one’s negligent and selfish act: to drink and drive. The .08 Per Se Law raises a number of questions and arguments, particularly focusing on its effectiveness and purposes. Questions and arguments include whether the policy criminalizes the act of social drinking, whether the policy targets the real problem, the effects the policy has on the criminal justice system and the economy, and lastly, whether the policy saves lives. In conclusion, the policy
These cell phones are a huge cause of many car accidents. Americans using their cell phones to text, call, or surf the internet while driving is the cause of up to about 80% of accidents (TextingnDriving par 1). So many people are seen using their phones while driving it is becoming impossible for police to gain control over the issue. People should not text and drive because, by altering their concentration it can result in dangers to themselves
In the last two years, both Kansas and Missouri have passed laws prohibiting some drivers from texting and driving at the same time, while some of the other laws prohibit every driver from texting while behind the wheel. These different laws (proposed and/or passed) have provided much debate. For instance, “Missouri's current law against texting while driving only applies to those drivers who are 21 or younger. The law was put in force in 2009 and was the result of a quickly composed legislative compromise” (“Texting While Driving Debate… “ 1).
We Cannot Text and Drive MLA Style Writing Prompt: In “Word to Youth: Texting, Driving Don’t Mix” Larry Copeland illustrates how dangerous it is to text and drive, and interjects the study that reveals data that shows, although people are aware this behavior is dangerous, they continue to text and drive because it is their belief they “can do it safely.” Write an essay that expository explains why individuals cannot text and drive safely. Many drivers, not just youth, hold the belief that they are capable of texting while driving in a safe manner.
Arreola1 Crystal Arreola English 101 Holmes Melissa 10 May 2018 Appeals to Pathos Matt Richtel in his book “A Deadly Wandering” focusses more on making people realize that texting and driving is very bad. On chapter 21 Richtel shows a lot about Terryl’s life. She has successful kids. She realizes that technology plays a big role on peoples lives.
At present, in modern society, texting and driving is one of the major problem in United States.(--) Driving can be like a dream come true, but it could be easily turn into a nightmarish. If we look back a decade ago, science and technology has grown suddenly over these years. Now, people are no longer bound to their home phones.
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. Surely, it should be a priority for the society to minimize the death toll from drunk driving.
III. Purpose Statement – Texting while driving is a serious distraction and one that could cost you your life or the lives of others. IV. Main Points (TRANSITION:
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
Drinking and driving is the leading cause of death in America. Data shows that there were “10,076 deaths in 2013” (BETTS 1) related to intoxicated driving. When people think of drinking and driving they understand the consequences of such action. Yet, such thoughts will not prevent them from committing the actions themselves. Luckily, in the world we live in today, there are many solutions to solve this criminal act.
On July 21 2015, Carlee Bollig a 17 years old teen was texting her friend while driving one night when her friend replied to her, "stop texting and driving". Bollig then texted her friend, "I don't care if I crash". After that Bollig ran a red light while texting and t-boned a van containing Charles P. Maurer, 54, and his daughter Cassy killing both of them (Star Tribune). According to authorities Bollig never applied the brakes which shows how late your reaction time is when you're distracted. Three friends of Bollig were injured but survived, this shows how irresponsible some teens are.
However, “90% of drunk driving deaths in the United States were found in the over 21 age group” (Gruenewald). For this reason, drunk driving is not directly correlated with the drinking age. In addition, the percent of drunk driving deaths in the United States has reduced at a slower rate than European countries where they have their legal drinking age at eighteen. This suggest that if lowering the drinking age was a success in Europe, it may also be effective here in the United States to diminish the amount of drunk driving deaths. This is because people that become injured due to alcohol or alcohol poisoning are afraid to report their injuries to the hospital or authorities out of fear of illegal consequences for underage drinking.
(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)
Despite the strict sanctions placed to curb it, drunk driving continues to be an unwavering predicament in most states. The number of offenders taken to custody by the police is rising by the day; with matters being made worse by the escalating number of underage drinkers. Many solutions have been put forth in an effort to reduce drunk driving and consequently reduce the number of road carnages. The persistence of the problem however calls for improved solutions. This paper forms a discussion on drunk driving and current prevention strategies; and proposes solutions to the unrelenting problem.
Drunk driving is a serious problem that continues to take thousands of deaths each year. Too many innocent lives been lost to drunk driving. A death from drunk driving does not only affect the victim but it affects everyone around them such as family and friends. One night, one drink, one mistake is all it takes for drunk driving to take its toll. There are many solutions to prevent drunk driving, but they will only work if we put them into play.