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.
Most people are against this action is because it causes many car accidents every year. Did you know that texting while driving is one of the longest eyes-off-the road time of distracted driving activities? According to DWI, text messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely. While other activities like, dialing, talking or listening or reaching for a device is less likely. While driving, adults and teenagers cannot resist the urge to pick up their cell phone and send a text or respond to one.
Out of all American teens 48% say that they have been in a car while the driver was using their phone in a way that put them in danger. All drivers under the age of 20, 11% involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Out of all cell phone related tasks, talking on the phone, reaching for the phone, or dialing- texting and driving is the most dangerous. Teenage drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into a car crash or near car crash events, while using a cell phone while driving.
It’s such a simple task to just put your phone down while you’re driving. Simply putting down your phone could save your life and also someone elses, too. Ten percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. After all, I believe its a no brainer to put your phone down while you are driving a car.
As Americans have seen an increase in the amount of texting and driving there have been several of the 50 states that have put laws in place to help try and put a reduction on the amount of fatalities. The devastating part about this kind of distraction is that nearly every person that has owned a cell phone has picked it up at some point while they are driving to make a phone call or send a quick text. They have seen the commercials and they know the hurt that it has caused many families loosing someone they love, but we still to do it anyways. It’s so easy to tell yourself “It’s just one quick text, I will be fine.” At some point we need to realize this is not
Nearly 1.6 million accidents happen annually because of cell phones. Cell phones can be a major danger to anyone who is using them. People do not realize that they are not only putting their own lives in danger, but they are putting others at risk also. When people are driving they tend to take their eyes off the road, which can cause a distraction and eventually lead to accidents. Cell phones can cause hearing loss.
People do not think before they act, which is why about twenty-six percent of Americans have admitted to texting while driving (Do Something). This deadly habit needs to stop; it distracts drivers and others, it’s extremely dangerous, and it is illegal in thirty-nine states. The ability to text has only been around since 1985, but it has already become many people’s preferred choice of communication (When Center). Since then, the number of people who use a hand held device behind the wheel dramatically increased. This is a major problem that is not stressed enough through media, yet it causes millions of accidents in the United States and other developed countries throughout the world every 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.
“Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver” (CDC). Advances in cell phone technology has made the generation we live in dependent upon them. Cell phones today are like mini computers so being distracted is not difficult at all, especially behind the wheel. What exactly is distracted driving? Most people believe that texting while driving is the only thing that is considered distracted driving.