The Use Of Driving And The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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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…show more content…
Michigan’s texting law is considered a “primary” law. A primary law states that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That would mean if the officer sees you texting and issues a citation. Statistics about texting and driving and the dangers of texting and driving are ignored and not as taken seriously as they should be. The National Safety Council estimated that at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and texting. Regardless of the risk, the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone and driving restrictions. Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young drivers reaction time as slow as a 70-year olds reaction. As 56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving. Although, because this information was taken by volunteer Jackard…show more content…
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. As late as the year of 2014 there have been some known statistics about texting and driving in Michigan. One is cell phones are involved in 1.6 million automobile related accidents annually. It causes 500,000 injuries and 6000 deaths per year. Another is that individuals sending or reading text messages while driving are 23% more likely to be involved in a car crash. A crash can often happen within average of 3 seconds after the driver is distracted. About up to 80% of crashes happen when a driver is distracted. Texting while driving is 6 times more to cause a crash than driving when in

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