Pros And Cons Of Texting While Driving

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Cell phone distracted driving has become as dangerous as alcohol and speeding resulting in fatal and serious injury crashes. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Monday her office will begin mandating cellphone monitoring devices in some texting-while-driving cases prosecuted by her office (Newsday). She further states “Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other organizations that show driving while texting makes it 23 times more likely that the driver will crash and six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while intoxicated.(Newsday) This is an unbelievable statistic. According to (Distraction) 71% of young adults have said they have sent a message while driving and 78% have said…show more content…
They can argue that all of these distractions have one thing in common an ACCIDENT waiting to happen. Why have texting law or propose to have new technology to disable phones when driving when none of these other distractions have any restrictions or law. Some will say that it is not about the cell phone it is about the driver. Any car accident can occur if the driver is going to be careless and take risks. An immature or self-absorbed driver doesn’t realize what he is doing or just doesn’t believe that his actions will cause an accident. Unfortunately drivers that feel like they will never be the cause of bad accidents are the ones that do cause them. Most drivers know that texting and driving is bad. How do we get them to stop? If the statistics mentioned previously are not enough to scare someone into doing the right thing, here are some more from the Sander’s Law Firm website: • One out of every 5 teens think that there is no problem with texting while driving • Over half text while driving • Nearly half answer emails while…show more content…
Driver’s education in the school addresses these issues but not very well. Awareness needs to begin with the teenagers. Even though there is a law that does not allow texting and driving, it is not enough. There are not enough police officers around to stop the texting in masses. The only way to prevent these types of accidents is through technology. Navigation technology in cars does not allow you to enter information while you are driving. The screens go blank and the fields become disabled. This technology needs to be added to cell phones. A driver should only be able to use his phone when stopped at a red light or in park. This will force more drivers to pull off the road to use their
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