Texting While Driving Should Be Made Illegal

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Janet Froetscher who is on the National Safety Council stated, “We know that at least 1.6 million car crashes involve drivers using cell phones and texting.” This high number of accidents breaks down to 11 deaths of just teenagers a day. Texting while driving should be made illegal to save lives. Mike Dudzinski a current fire captain of Peoria, Arizona stated in an interview that in just a year he experiences about 100 deaths with texting being the cause. Texting while driving is a wide controversy that needs to be made as a law in order to protect lives. An Adesman stated that, “A person who is texting can be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk.” A car traveling at 55mph covers the length of a football field in five seconds. The average person who sends out text messages while driving spends on average about eight seconds of looking down at their phone. Approximately 10% of driving time is spent outside of their original lane, by drifting while texting. “There's a difference between driving and texting. When you’re driving your eyes have to be open and on the road watching the cars around you, road signs, and traffic lights. Along with your mind on the road and destination. Which means you are multitasking. When your texting your eyes are on your cell phone screen and key pad. Along with your mind on what you’re going to say next. So how can you do both?” This quote was written by Johnathan Anthony Burkett who wrote the story Neglected but Undefeated. The chances of getting into a car crash are increased four times more than those who are not distracted. Texting while driving involves manual, visual, and the mental ability of a driver which makes messaging while driving one of the worst distractions. Student surveys ... ... middle of paper ... ...e to rear end the thing.” Other people do not see the problem in looking down for one second because it may be something “important”. Nothing is more important than another human being's life. Works Cited http://blog.chron.com/thehighwayman/2014/04/more-than-94000-crashes-in-texas-blamed-on-distracted-driving/ http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/study-texting-while-driving-now-leading-cause-of-death-for-teen-drivers-1.5226036 http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/ http://www.nsc.org/Pages/NSCestimates16millioncrashescausedbydriversusingcellphonesandtexting.aspx http://www.romans322.com/texting-while-driving.html http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/ http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/texting-and-driving
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