Among older drivers, only dialing a cell phone increased the chances of a crash or near miss, however, that study began before texting became so common, so researchers don't know whether it is as dangerous for them as it is for teens. Minnesota collision claims per 100 insured vehicle years, by month before and after texting law for all drivers, compared with Iowa and Wisconsin (Russ). One month before the law was to take effect Minnesota took data from crashes that ... ... middle of paper ... ...o texting and driving and distracted driving. work cited F, Alan. “Texting while driving now the leading cause of teen death in the U.S.” Phonearena.
Ms. Noble can recollect at least six accidents this year that are caused by distracted drivers on their cell phones, while operating a vehicle. “The fact is that mobile phone use reduces reaction time by 35 percent, effectively making you a drunk driver, even when using a hands-free kit. And texting while driving is even worse with every second spent texting doubling your chances of crashing, dramatically reducing steering control and awareness of hazards.” (“Great Choice Car Insurance”) If being a drunk driver is illegal, why is not texting while operating a vehicle? In September 2008, 25 people, including the driver, died in a Los Angeles commuter rail disaster caused by t... ... middle of paper ... ...tate Highway Patrol Statistics. NBC News 3.
Texting and driving in every possible way is dangerous and very irresponsible, it can also lead to losing your own life or someone else’s life. Texting while driving or even talking on the phone has become very common, but states are cracking down. As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than ten million drivers in the United States are using their cell phone while behind the wheel. The reaction to safety concerns , some states, municipalities and foreign countries have banned certain types of cell phone use, while driving, for example handheld cell phone use, use of wireless phones by novice, juvenile drivers or texting. Even though some states do not restrict a driver’s use of cell phones, all drivers should
When many people think of the dangers of cell phones they think of all the accidents that they cause by distracted drivers. Many people don’t realize that not only distracted driving makes cell phones dangerous but with just modern day use can cause health problems and put people at risk with pedophiles. When people think of cell phones they think that they’re nothing but beneficial and that they’ve done nothing but bring good to society. Cell phones are dangerous and many people don’t believe so. About 25 percent of car accidents each year involved the use of a cell phone.
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).
The scary thing is that 77% of young adults are either a little or extremely confident that they can safely text and drive, while another 50% claim it’s easy to do. Last year, 1.3 million accidents were a result of texting while driving. There are way too many risks that come along with it. According to Mary Madden and Amanda Lenhart (2009), “ forty percent of teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that had put themselves or others in danger ” Texting is one of the most distracting things that can be done while driving. When texting, most people have their eyes off the road for at least five seconds.
Furthermore nearly 100 percent of drivers agree that driving and texting increases chance of being in a car accident. Most drivers think that they are not the problem. The biggest thing to remember no text message is worth my life or another persons life. It takes honesty but I will not sign an online pledge to never text and drive because I would break it within a week. Another astounding fact is nearly 75 percent of teens admit that their friends text and drive.
Did you know that most wrecks today are caused by distracted drivers? Although, using cell phones are banned while driving, people still use them illegally, causing many wrecks. There are many ways to be considered as a distracted driver, such as texting, using a cell phone, talking to others in the car, grooming, watching a video, adjusting car settings, eating and/or drinking, and reading maps or books. How has texting impacted the number of wrecks in the United States? “The government says that 3,092 people died in one year in “distractions- affected” crashes, a newly refined measurement meant to tally effect of texting, phoning or simply answering a cell while driving.
Car crashes are four times more common to take place while the driver is on their mobile device over any other causes. Most people don’t seem to understand how careless they can be while driving a car. When they are reading a message it’s impossible for them to look in both directions so therefore all their attention goes to the text message. Why do they have a law that bans texting while driving if they’re not going to enforce it? Look around you most people are dying from this matter.
Drivers who were texting were 23.2 times more likely to crash to those who weren’t texting (Cell Phones and Texting). The increasing amount of crashes caused from texting and driving and growing and becoming more of a problem. Distracted driving is an increasing problem in the United States resulting in many accidents, but a solution to the problem would be banning cellphones while driving. Distracted driving is such an increasing problem in the U.S. that there are laws against driving distracted. In New Jersey there is a handheld ban for all drivers and that is a primary law.