Across the globe family and friends are losing their loved ones to fatal texting and driving accidents. These days, many strive to be connected with the world and their friends by using mobile devices. The problem is that numerous people tend to do so at bad times. For example, while one is driving, it is common to look down at the cell phone to send a short text message that could put their lives in harm. Across the nation, numerous advertising and support groups are spreading the word to encourage society to put phones down and focus on driving instead of texting.
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Have you ever been on a cell phone while driving or seen someone on his or her cell phone while driving? This is distracted driving at its finest. Whether you are looking at a text, changing radio stations, applying makeup, or anything else that takes your mind or eyes off the road is distracted driving. Distracted driving killed around 3,000 people in 2011 (Bauers). Car crashes are the leading cause of teenagers in the United States.
There are always unforeseen circumstances that require immediate reactions while driving, for example, stalled vehicles, unexpected traffic, items in the road, just to name a few. By not giving driving the full attention that it requires, people often take their eyes off of the road for a few seconds just to send a text, but in reality, all it takes is a few seconds for accidents to occur. Texting while driving has become very persistent in the past years. Reading newspapers, watchin... ... middle of paper ... ... lead to a greater way of living down the road, when your teen won't feel the need to compulsively check emails, texts, Twitter and Facebook every few seconds. Tell your teen you'll be disappointed if they misuse their cell phone while on the road.
How can a person think they can do both? They can’t. Drivers’ need to be more aware of the dangers they are putting themselves and others in. People text and drive for various reasons; however, it is never more important than a life. Texting is becoming the most popular form of communication, leading to increased texting while driving percentages.
Texting is dangerous Back in 2006 the university of Utah found out that people are as impaired when the drive and talk on a phone. Texting while driving should be banned for our nation’s safety. According to researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, in New Hyde Park estimate more than 3,000 annual teen’s deaths nationwide from texting and around 300,000 injuries (texting while driving now leading). Texting while driving or even talking on the phone needs to be banned not only in Oklahoma but all over the world. There is a huge amount of reasons why texting needs to be banned such as it kills and hurts people as well, it’s causing problems for our government, and it’s very distracting.
Texting while driving is a widespread epidemic in the United States that has unfavorable effects on our society.“Driving while texting is the standard wording used for traffic violations” (Bernstein). It causes many people to be distracted which can lead to accidents. “Eighty-nine percent of people own a cell phone” (Gardner). That is a plethora of people that are at risk of texting while driving. Also, texting has increased by ten times in three years(Bernstein).
Drivers die more often in texting while driving accidents than people who are driving under the influence. Drunk driving is very dangerous but they still have knowledge of what they are doing. You have to look away from the road to send a text or dial a number. Texting while driving in Oklahoma and anywhere else in the world needs to be stopped, the lives of others would be saved. Statistics all around America are very high due to people not even taking the chance to clearly not think of what they are doing.