What Are The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Today in our fast- paced world, young people think it is a must to send a text or use a cellphone while driving. Every year our highways are introduced to new and inexperienced teenage drivers who are taking the wheel by themselves, when they become of driving age. Many do not recognize the difficulty involved in trying to drive and text or use a cell. On the other hand, some feel they have very busy schedules and texting, unfortunately while driving, is necessary to connect with others, be it loved ones or business related. Our highways are dangerous in and of themselves because of the number of vehicles and drivers on the roadways, poor roads and weather conditions, therefore adding any other distractors more than triple the dangers. Some will disagree, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that texting and driving is the number one killer of teens in the United States. Is Texting and driving the new addiction, is it the leading cause of deaths on our nation 's’ highways, and is there a solution?

Texting and driving is an addiction according to Dave Simon “it appears that addiction is no longer just about drugs, alcohol, junk food, or tobacco. The inability to disconnect or postpone an activity is an addition.” Simon further states that “distracted driving lessons appear to be the norm if we are to believe a new survey done by State Farm and reported by USA Today”. The NHTSA reports that eighty-two percent of young adult
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