Reading the statistics about the amount of crashes, injuries, and deaths that occur daily and annually really surprised me. When you get in a vehicle, you 're responsible for anything that might happen while you are driving. You might not always be able to prevent other cars crashing onto you, but you should do what you can to prevent becoming the irresponsible driver. People should learn and be reminded to drive responsibly and carefully so that they do their part in decreasing the number of crashes. Some of the statistics that surprised me were the ones concerning teens.
A higher Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) is effective in preventing alcohol-related deaths and injuries among teenagers and youth. When the MLDA has been lowered, injury and death rates increase, and when the MLDA is increased, death and injury rates decline (Wagenaar, 1993). In addition, a common argument among opponents of a higher MLDA is that because many minors still drink and purchase alcohol, the policy isn't working on minors. The evidence shows, however, that although many youth still consume alcohol, they still drink less and experience fewer alcohol-related injuries and deaths (Wagenaar, 1993). There is also an argument comparing the European alcohol and drunk diving among the youth compared to the United
There are many risk that comes with distracted driving although not all end in a horrific results most accidents are lethal. The government realized the threat and accident percentage was rising so they are trying to ban CellPhone use while driving . Although cell phones have not been around for a very long time, they have become a key part of our lives. People use their cell phones for just about everything such as: texting, talking, social media etc.
This means that our governments should invest in redesigning our road, highways and freeways to cope with high speed limits. High speed limits do not mean that our road has become unsafe, but their design is not appropriate for certain new speed limits. Our roads have been the same for many years and have not been updated for decades. In addition to that, the reckless driving, lack of driving and road maturity is causing hundreds of causalities yearly. The drivers on the road lack respect, gratefulness and gratitude to other drivers and that’s why accidents are occurring.
Most of us have been momentarily distracted while driving. Searching for a favorite radio station, dealing with a food spill, and looking for toll money are common distractions. We understand that these kinds of actions are distracting because they take our eyes off the road. But looking away from the road is just one type of distraction. According to the CDC there are three: Visual distraction: taking your eyes off the road.
Kristof somewhat effectively argues that if guns and their owners were controlled in the same way that cars and their drivers are, thousands of lives could be protected each year by using persuasive techniques. Kristof’s essay adequately compares car regulations to gun control. He is extremely comprehensive on reasons why we should have gun regulations similar to automobiles controls. Kristof contrasts the statistics of firearm and automobile deaths to move the readers to harmonize with his opinion of the subject.
In today’s society, distracted driving is a major issue, one we have been struggling with since the invention of cell phones. In 2013 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving in the US. While many methods have been used to try and stop distracted driving, people are still in search of the best way to go about it. Many believe that we will get the best results by distributing PSAs, or Public Service Announcements, across the nation through different forms of media. They believe that, by showing people the facts, they will become more educated on the dangers of distracted driving and cease to do so.
While distracted driving is a big issue in the United States, I firmly believe that the use of smartphones is one of, if not, the largest distractions Americans face today while driving. It seems that for some reason people can not wait until they are done driving, to wherever it is they are headed, to check their phone. Yes, I understand that in some situations people will have an emergency where they have to look at their phone, but in a vast majority of instances this is not the case. There are a few things that could be implemented that could persuade people to resist the urge to check their phones while driving such as banning the use of cellular devices in vehicles all together, fixing vehicles so that they cannot emit WiFi anymore, also implementing a device in vehicles that could make the inside of a vehicle a dead zone. First of all banning the use of cell phones in vehicles could be a very tricky stunt to pull off.
Support then fell to a low of 43% in 2011, when an equal number said gun laws should be kept as is. These statics are saying that people are starting not to care as much about gun laws which is not heartbreaking. Mya Roden of Time Magazine said in an article called “Gun-Related Deaths in America Keep Going Up” that In 2016, there were more than 38,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. — 4,000 more than 2015, the new CDC report on preliminary mortality data shows.” These bone chilling statistics are stating that gun violence is going up but the cause is going down. However, gun violence also includes suicide as Time Magazines Brennan goes on to say that more than two-thirds of these deaths were suicides.
However, in the book, Gun Violence and Mental Illness, published by the American Psychiatric Association they found, “Overall, mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent 1 percent of all gun homicides each year.” State governments have already imposed bills that restrict any mental health patient to purchase a gun. But with the 33 states that allow for private sellers to sell firearms with no background checks, potentially shows a prominent reason for guns falling into the wrong hands of people. With the continuing disagreement of both sides to the argument, the United States government has only worsened the situation by not putting their differences aside and failing to focus on protecting the future of our
Distracted driving. What do people think when they hear that? Most would say texting, but is it true? Distracted driving is anything that takes people's eyes or mind off of there driving task (“Arm Yourself with the facts.”) and (Benton). Yes, the drivers mind too, meaning anyone's music, other humans or pet, conversations, thinking, stress, etc.
Most Americans have all at least one time in their lives were driving in an automobile, and while driving picked up a cell phone, eaten and or drinking, or even fixed your hair in the rear view mirror. While performing these acts you have to actually take your eyes and attention off the road and therefore your risk for an accident increases substantially. Some of the accidents could be minor however, a lot of the accidents could be and are fatal. These acts are called distracted driving and is defined as the act of driving and the driver is engaged in other activities. There are many things that can be classified as distracted driving however, the main culprits would be looking at a smartphone or cell phone, texting, eating or drinking, personal grooming, and using a GPS or the radio.
Glaring at your phone for a split second or flipping through your music playlist may seem harmless in contrast to drinking and driving. Drunken driving is treated as a serious criminal offence, and carries a strong social stigma. Until we reach the point where using digital devices while driving is just as unacceptable as drunken driving, new laws will not be tough enough, or taken seriously. The issue that many drivers face is distracted driving laws are not always heavily enforced as policer officers have a hard time trying prove that the accused was on their digital device.
For many people, their cell phones are never far from them, even while they are driving. Unfortunately, some drivers use their phones to text a friend or otherwise engage in distracted driving behavior while driving. This distracted driving behavior sometimes causes accidents, either with other drivers or even with pedestrians, which can result in serious injury or death. Currently, New York state lawmakers are looking at a law that would allow police to scan the cell phones of people who were involved in car crashes to see if cell phone distractions contributed to the crash.
By taking a hands off of the wheel, it can put others in danger. Some people think that driving without hands on the wheel is cool. But it is extremely dangerous to others. By the shape of the road, by how strong the wind is, if the car's tires aren’t balanced, or the car is not aligned correctly. It can pull the car to the side or the middle of the road.