It's illegal to text while driving in most U.S. states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers (Russ).. On August 1st 2008 the law took effect, there was more crashes than before the law took effect in Minnesota. The risk of a crash or near miss among young drivers increased more than sevenfold if they were dialing or reaching for a cellphone and fourfold if they were sending or receiving a text message. The risk also rose if they were reaching for something other than a phone, looking at a roadside object or eating. 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.
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
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.
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.
After finding out that distraction is the number one reason why accidents happen, researchers did a test they never done before where people would text on their phones while driving and see how many people get into crashes. 71 percent of teenagers said that they sent text message or opened messages while driving. According to the U.S department of transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind a wheel (“distracted driving is dangerous”). There are a lot of things and accidents that cause death but in the United States the highest one recently was driving while on your cell phone. 60 percent of ... ... middle of paper ... .... .
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.
Have you ever been in a car while someone was texting on their phone? It has been proven that 3,000 annual teens die nationwide and have more than 300,000 injuries from texting. This paper will inform you about how driving and texting is more dangerous that it looks. Please be aware most of these accidents are really hectic. Many people lose their lives every day from cellular devices.
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.
In today’s day and age there are so many excuses for distracted driving. Lives are put at risk every time a distracted motorist is on the road, and deaths have increased by a substantial amount in the last ten years. On Thursday, April 26th, 2014 one woman’s bad judgement cost her life (Hastings, 1). Not only was she effected, but her friends and family assuredly felt a pain in their hearts. In the few seconds it took Courtney Ann Sanford to post a few words on Facebook, it was enough to distract her from the road and to drive across another lane and through a median straight into a Truck (Hastings, 1).
The Business Times Newspaper. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://thebusinesstimes.com/cell-phones-costly-distractions-in-the-workplace/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2011, August). Distraction Effects of Manual Number and Text Entry While Driving. Retrieved from Distraction.gov Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving: http://www.distraction.gov/download/research-pdf/811510v508.pdf Smith, J.