What Are The Causes Of Texting And Driving Essay

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Nearly twenty-five percent of all accidents are caused by texting and driving. Everyday the number of cellphone users rises, and with that comes an increasing amount of accidents caused by texting and driving. It causes almost eleven teen deaths every day. Writing about her son, John Breen, a mother says, “He was willing to sacrifice his life for our country. It wasn’t war that took JB from us. It wasn’t a bullet or a bomb. It was a text message sent on a little 2” x 4” box that ended his life on a beautiful Sunday afternoon”(DWI:Driving While Intexticated). JB’s mom goes on to discuss the fact JB thought he was invincible and did not listen to his father, only hours before the accident, when he told him to put the phone down because it was…show more content…
When people hear their phone ding, they immediately have the urge to see what is going on. “Seventy-seven percent of teens say they are more than confident”, and they think they are able to safely text while driving. “Fifty-five percent of young adult drivers say it is really easy to text and drive”(stoptextsstopwrecks.org), and they do not understand why it is such a big problem to do so. Teenagers are not the only ones who take part in the act of texting and driving, many teens have said they see their parents do it. Studies show that “5 seconds is the minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you 're texting and driving”(DWI:Driving While Intexticated). Say a person is traveling at fifty-five miles per hour, the five seconds they take to look at their phone is equal to driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. If the driver in front of the texter comes to an emergency stop, and they are not paying attention, he or she will have caused an accident because they were paying attention to a phone. Texting while driving causes about 1,600,000 accidents and 330,000 injuries per year. The accidents, injuries, and deaths are all a result of someone feeling the need to take their focus off the road, and place it on seeing what their friend texted…show more content…
But studies show these people are wrong. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that, “ text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.” Texting and driving is a very serious on going issue. One text can hurt. It has the power to take a life. Lets lower the percent of accidents caused by texting and driving. Let your friends know you are getting in the car, and are going to be temporarily unavailable. They will understand. Learn from the stories. Learn from the people who have done it, and payed the price for it. This issue should be taken seriously. Too many innocent lives have been lost all because one person could not resist seeing what their friend said. Put down the phone, and keep your eyes on the road at all times. One text can

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