In America, one of the biggest issues with today’s drivers is texting and driving. Half of the individuals included are barely old enough to drive. There have been far too many fatalities from distracted drivers. Individuals everywhere don’t see anything wrong with it, but they’re terribly mistaken. One in four car accidents are the result of texting and 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.
They are inexperiences which makes them a risky driver. According to one source, 47 percent of teenagers think they can text blindfolded(Gardner 2010). You throw cell phones on top of that it’s asking for trouble. A recent survey found that 51.4 percent of surveyed drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 have admitted to texting and driving(Gardner 2010). Furthermore nearly 100 percent of drivers agree that driving and texting increases chance of being in a car accident.
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).
Texting and driving: what are the risks and why do people ignore them? It is true that teenagers assume the most risk of an accident when choosing to text and drive. Many people firmly believe that texting and driving is a danger to other drivers; however, there are some people who do not think it is a problem. What’s more, twenty percent of all drivers admit to using their cellular device while operating a motor vehicle. Consequently, this kills and injures many people every single year.
You are also distracted visually by taking your eyes off of the road. Last but not least, you are distracted manually by taking your hands off of the wheel to send a text message. Manual distraction usually does not take place while driving under the influence. Teenagers are the highest population that texts while driving and eleven teens are killed each day. (Samakow) Overall, studies show that teens are affected by these numbers more so than adults, but texting while driving is increasing in adults.
As a matter of fact, “82 percent of drivers between the ages of 16 to 24 have admitted to reading a text message while driving”. Not only are teens unexperienced but are trying to pull off the nearly impossible task while driving. Texting while driving is leading cause of death among teenagers passing the death rate of drinking and driving. Studies show that if this trend continues, more than 3,000 teenagers will die next year. For example if a driver sends a 5 second text message while moving 55 mph it is equal to driving a whole football field lengt... ... middle of paper ... ...to it a simple text message, it is not worth dying.
The increasing popularity and demand for the cell phone, has resulted in several negative outcomes such as death, less face-to-face interaction, and unnecessary expenses. As the cell phone popularity and demand grow, so does the death rate at which cell phone involved deaths occur. It has become very hard for today’s generation to simply put down the phone. So much so that many users cannot do without their phone while driving. The National Safety Council in Washington, DC states “at least twenty-eight percent of all traffic crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones” ("NSC”).