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 ... .... .
Some states have already put a stop to cell phones, but not every state. To prevent fatal accidents, all states should illegalize the usage of phones while driving. Some believe banning cell phones is not necessary. Roff from U.S. News responded, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2011 there were 3,000 fatal accidents resulting from ‘distracted driving,’ which could be anything from talking on a cell phone to eating to putting on make up to screaming at the kids for making too much noise to fiddling with the GPS system in heavy traffic. By putting the blame on a single technology rather than on the bad choices made by individual drivers, where it belongs, LaHood is missing the mark.
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.
According to this statistics, there are about 1.6 million crashes in the United States every year where Cellphone was involved, of which 500,000 causes injuries and 6,000 causes fatilities. Texting while texting is now the top cause of death among teenagers. They also concluded that 11 teens die everyday, where texting was involved in all car accidents in United States. The results are heart breaking in our communities. When parents see their children die and bury them and people keep on texting while driving, its so deverstating because the society identify the problem , but they do not learn from this problems.
Texting while driving should be banned in all of the states that have not banned it yet, including Oklahoma. Drivers that are distracted are the number one cause of car crashes in America. (“Texting While Driving Accident”) This means that people feel the need to pick up their phones just to reply to a simple text message and next thing that happens is someone’s life could possibly be taken. As a result more than 3,000 car crashes happen occasionally due to texting while driving. (Van Wey) Oklahoma is one the states out of 9 who have not yet banned texting while driving a vehicle.
People from the ages fifteen to nineteen are more likely to get in fatal car crashes because they are always on their cell phones (“Distracted Driving 2011”). Out of that 11 percent of fifteen to nineteen year olds that were in fatal car crashes, 21 percent of those people had crashed because of using their cell phones while driving their vehicle (“Distracted Driving 2011”). In 2011, over forty-three thousand people had been involved in fatal car crashes in the United States (“Distracted Driving 2011”). Out of those forty-three thousand people, over thirty-two thousand were killed in those crashes in 2011 (“Distracted Driving 2011”). There are three different types of distractions while driving; visual: taking your eyes off the road; manual: taking your hands off of the steering wheel; and cognitive: taking your mind off of driving (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
About 421,000 people were hurt in a car crash involving a distracted driver during the year of 2012. Overall, to stop wrecks that engage in texting is to either let others text for you or wait until you have reached you designated place to text back. How has the cell phone ban law effect drivers’ behavior? Study show that people who talk on cell phones tend to be more unsafe drivers, says a new study from MIT that included a test drive. Studies also state that you can take the driver away from the cell phone but you cannot take the behavior away from the driver “www.news.sciencemag.org/2012/08/why-cellphone-bans-dont-work”.
Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds will cause you to have a lethal crash. It has been proven that texting while driving leads to disastrous accidents and even death, although teenagers still find a way to text while driving. Only 41 states banned hand held cell phone use and the use of cell phones while driving. Washington was the first state to pass a texting ban law in 2007. It is major law not to use cell phones while driving.
Intervention and education about the hazards of talking and driving can be a deterrent as well. Letting drivers know the risk of injury or even death behind the wheel can discourage drivers from using cellphones. Harsher penalties for those who previously got fined and didn 't follow the law the second time. “The penalty for violating the cell phone ban the first time is a $20 fine, while subsequent convictions are punishable by a $50 fine or more”(Burger, Daniel, and Yu 171). Simply putting your phone on speaker is no longer good enough.