A Perilous Distraction The world we live in today is consumed and completely dependent on technology. Because of the fact that advanced technology is right at fingertips, we are given the opportunity to indulge at any moment into man-made imaginary dimensions. The reign of industrial tech lures us into a world created inside our phones with every waking hour, including the times when are in control of a four thousand pound vehicle. Texting while driving is the most dangerous life-threatening distraction a person can experience while on the road and precautions must be made to prevent texting.
Is it possible that someone can safely handle a vehicle while texting? Many people argue that they are perfectly capable of texting while driving because nothing has ever happened while they drive. However, once someone has texted while driving without an incident taking place, they start to casually text more often and eventually come to the incorrect conclusion that they are able to text and drive safely. Unbeknownst to most, texting and driving can become an indecent habit and most will eventually end up justifying it completely inside. Even if nothing tragic happens, the justification internally of this pattern could …show more content…
Also, a staggering eleven people die every day from phone related accidents. It only takes five seconds of looking at your phone to cause an accident on the road, and most likely kill or injure someone. If you are traveling at 55 miles per hour and look at your phone for only five seconds, you are traveling the distance of a football field blindly in that time. It only takes a split second to completely alter the course of your own life or, more horribly, someone else’s life. Your phone can be used as a weapon when pulled out in the car and it could leave both yourself and fellow drivers in anguish and
In the essay, “Turn Car On; Turn Phone Off”, we see research done at Harvard University shows that distracted drivers on cell phones cause roughly 2,600 fatalities crashed each year and 570,000 accidents. (115) Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity, thus having your attention taken away from the task at hand, which is driving. While there could potentially be several types of distractions that could occur while driving, texting causes you to take your eyes off the road, remove your hands from the steering wheel and it takes your mind off the road. Drivers who text and drive put their lives and the lives of others on the road at risk for injury and even death. While more and more drivers are multitasking through their day, we are made aware how more education and resources are needed to help solve this growing epidemic.
When cell phones are used, it peels our eyes away from the road, it takes our mind off of driving safely, and it draws our hands off of the steering wheel. Oftentimes, just taking a glimpse at your phone, can lead to inevitable consequences. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people die and over a thousand people are injured in distracted driving cases, every day in America (CDC, Distracted Driving). This disturbing data clearly exhibits the devastating consequences of distracted driving, and those numbers are expected to grow, as it has done consistently since 2011. Thus, this furthers the need to take action towards ending distracted
One distraction after another creates the attentional disengagement problem, causing the driver to be oblivious to their surroundings (Lewis 18). Vecera also makes a strange proposal in this article; he thinks researchers should look into whether or not someone can condition or practice texting and driving to eliminate the mental distraction it causes (Lewis 22). This claim seems strange to me, considering Vecera dedicated a whole experiment trying to prove the dangers of texting and driving. I have never considered practicing something as dangerous as texting and driving to become better at it or to try and diminish the possible consequences. This source helped me understand why people drive worse when using a cell phone, but I still have not found any statistics proving
Do you ever text while driving? Is it really worth it? II. Credibility Statement: I researched and found stories of information about teens and adults getting killed using cell phones without looking on the road. I have a lot against people who take their eyes off the road just for a text that’s not emergences or important.
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.
Magdalena Perez English 106 Mr. Skyler Meek June 10, 2015/ Up dated June 27, 2015 Cell phones while driving According to NSC's website, there have been an estimated 245,358 car crashes involving drivers using cellphones so far this year. One effect cellphone use has on drivers is an increased reaction time, which is similar regardless of handheld or hands-free phone use. Every year many lives are lost because of the distraction on the road and for this reason use of cell phones while driving should be illegal in all of the states. The National Safety Council's annual injury and fatality report, "Injury Facts," found that the use of cellphones causes 26% of the nation's car accidents, a modest increase from the previous year.
We have all done it. Either answered the call or sent a text. Just one won’t hurt, or so we think. Even after the numerous warnings and constantly being hit with slogans such as “Arrive alive, don’t text and drive” or “Make your car a no phone zone”, we still don’t believe the risks apply directly to us. Sure, there is always the story of some girl in Connecticut who died after wrapping her car around a tree, but that’s all it is to us, a story.
(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)
Have you ever picked up your phone while driving or have you ever seen your parents use there phone while driving? Distracted driving is very dangerous it can lead to many avoidable situations. Their is also laws about distracted driving but people still break all those laws without thinking of the consequences. Their isn’t just one type of distracted driving but there is many, and not everyone is interested in learning of them when they could save you from getting tickets. Distracted driving is a very big problem that causes pain to many people.
Using a handheld is becoming more of a problem as we enter the age of technology. Phones are slowly becoming easier to use and more of a distraction. In almost all states texting is completely illegal while operating a vehicle. Unfortunately none of the fifty states have a ban on cell phones all together, but a couple are starting to make restrictions (NCSL). Without drivers using handhelds while driving, there would be fewer crashes, people would follow the speed limit, and less people would drive recklessly.
Texting and driving can be extremely dangerous and anything the help decrease the risk of a life threatening accident will help. Having these tips to protect the driver as well as the passenger and even the other people on the road will make a big difference on the road. There are many solution to using your phone while driving and some of them are silencing the phone while driving to avoid any temptations to respond to a text or call, turn off the phone completely, or put the phone on the trunk of the vehicle. Staying safe on the road is the name of the game so the driver and the passengers can get from point a to point b
General purpose: to persuade 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. Thesis: Preview: -To discuss on how we can decrease the percentage of those who use their cell phone while driving. - To discuss the cons and the outcome of the use of cell phone while driving. A. Attention getter:
Some argue that cell phones should be allowed while a person is driving. A driver may need to dial for an ambulance or a police officer. A similar amount of car crashes will event with or without cell phone involvement. Some simply say that texting while
Some busy drivers trying to have a pen and a paper to write some notes from important calls or messages, that will lead him to make accidents with another carThere has been much discussion about using cell phones while driving cars. Some countries governments have begun to put deterrent penalties against drivers who use phones while driving. Using mobile phones while driving become familiar phenomenon in our society. Drivers may not realize that when they use mobile phones while driving, they will pose a serious threat to their lives and the lives of others. The main cause of the most car accidents is the mobile either writing a message or calling someone.