Garcia 1 Angelica Garcia Professor Steph Dirw 0310-43008 20 March 2015 The affects of texting and driving In today’s society people have the habit to text and drive. This can cause many distractions on the road. One of the most serious and dangerous distractions is texting while driving. It can cause the diver to lose control of the wheel and cause a serious car crash or a person death. Although being in a car crash or accident can also cause serious injuries like being paralyzed from the waist down or in a deathly coma.
Texting and driving is a big problem in our society. In the U.S. alone about 32,000 people are killed and two million injured in crashes every year. More than ninety percent of vehicle crashes in the U.S. happen because of distracted driving (Kalra and Paddock 1). Such as texting or any other form of distracted driving. However, this topic is very serious and needs to be addressed.
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.
However, drunk driving accidents and deaths related to them are totally preventable. Once drunk driving can come to an end, more people will feel safer to drive everyday. Drunk driving causes thousands of deaths per year because each day, someone does not think as they step on the gas pedal. Driving while intoxicated causes problems that not only affect the victim lives, but the future of the drunk driver’s life as well. Drunk driving was the main cause in the death of one of the world 's most famous and beloved people in 1997.
According to a study performed by AT&T, 43% of teens have confessed to texting while driving. As for adults 41% text and drive daily because it made them feel more productive and connected (Beck, Zuckman, Thomas, 2012). As shown in figure 1 below Figure 1 AT&T Teen Driving Survey, 2012 According to statistics, 10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted drivers at the time of the crash; this age group is the largest proportion of drivers who were driving distracted at the time of the crash. The problem is very real and is purported to exceed the dangers of drunk driving
It seems that you’re constantly hearing about another teenager who died in a car accident. Everyone says that they were too young and had so much life left to live, that they were taken too soon and they were going to do big things in the world; however, nothing is done and soon they are forgotten about until it happens again. But how many innocent kids have to die from the leading cause of deaths in teenagers until something is changed. According to an article published by CBS, “More than 5,000 U.S. teens die each year in car crashes” (CBS/AP). The U.S. needs to change something to lower this number.
The crushed can is representing a collision that could happen. The last visual is a destroyed car thrown into many pieces to make a martini glass. This visual is showing you that many different accidents can happen while under the influence of alcohol. There have been way too many deaths and accidents happen while drinking and driving. The ads I have choose have very powerful meanings behind them.
Ernest Greenwood once said, “Accidents and particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen- they are caused.” Car accidents in the world are increasing every day and hundreds of people die in car accidents every week because of it. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers. Car accidents occur mostly due to negligent and reckless drivers on the road and they often don’t realize the consequences of their actions until it is too late. The consequences may not be the same for all drivers. While some may walk away with a small scratch on their car, some may end up with a totaled car and serious injuries.
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.
Sharon Heit, the mother of a victim of distracted driving, once said, “In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.” Distracted driving is one of the main causes of a car crash in the United States. People are so intune with their phones and what is on the seat next to them, that they could ruin someone 's life forever. Because of distracted driving, people get severely injured and can lose their lives, so phone and car companies should work together to create a device to reduce this issue. Every single day a life is taken away from distracted driving. There are many types of distracted driving.
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.
For travelers tall and overgrown trees, malfunction traffic lights or inconspicuous stops signs present danger or hazard on the public road. Perhaps the traffic lights on both sides of the intersection signal for the drivers to proceed will cause a major car pile-up. Potholes are a potential risk that leads to terrible car crash and vehicle damage. Potholes are costly to the economy; billions of dollars spent on highway deaths and car damages. The cost repair is approximately 2.7 trillion dollars within the few years (Wetmore, 2004).
Can your phone wait? Using a cell phone while driving is one of the most common causes for accidents. Statistics show that three of every five accidents is caused by a distracted driver. When driving people should be free of distractions in order to focus on where they 're going and getting there safely. Texting and answering phone calls while driving are very imminent threats to your life and others.
The DMV crash data shows that of all cell phone related crashes, 78 percent of drivers were under the age of 20, and 68 percent of these teens died as a result of these accidents. The leading cause of accidents for people aged 20 and under is distracted driving, the leading distraction being cell phone use. Teenagers have a distinct disadvantage when it comes to distracted driving; lack of experience. A more experienced driver is more likely to notice a dangerous situation than a new driver, and therefore can react to it sooner. The implementation and enforcement of this law will hopefully discourage and prevent teenagers from using their cell phones while driving, and stop them from
“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