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.
Nearly 333.000 people get injured in accidents each year caused by texting while driving. It takes you approximately five seconds to answer a text, traveling at 55 MPH, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.” ("Teens and distracted driving," 2009. Mary Madden & Amanda Lennart). The incentive for Highway Safety states that, “11 teens die every day from texting and driving. In 2013, more than 50% of teenagers admitted to texting while driving and are well known of the outcome that could happen.” (Cellphones and Driving."
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.
Dangers of Driving While Texting At any given moment, one in five drivers around are texting on their phone while driving(Scholastic Action 2010). Cell phones have created a huge problem in America. Nearly 100 percent of vehicles have a cell phone in the car while driving, often times in arms reach. Crashes caused by distracted drives kill thousands of innocent people every year. In todays society Americans cannot go without a cell phone for several minutes.
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.
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. Minnesota collision claims per 100 insured vehicle years, by month before and after texting law for all drivers, compared with Iowa and Wisconsin (Russ). One month before the law was to take effect Minnesota took data from crashes that ... ... middle of paper ... ...o texting and driving and distracted driving. work cited F, Alan. “Texting while driving now the leading cause of teen death in the U.S.” Phonearena.
In today’s news, it’s not uncommon for accidents to be the top story. In fact with today’s population, over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year with an estimated amount of 1.2 million crashes each year that involved drivers using cell phones for conversations. Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030. With the big population of people that cover our world today, it is not uncommon to see drivers swerving in their lanes or barely dodging a pedestrian because they are not focused. To be exact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver”.
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”.
Imagine what happens when you were going down the interstate driving 75 or 80 miles per hour. According to National Safety Council, in 2011, at least 23% of auto-collisions were caused by people who were texting while driving, that’s around 1.4 million crashes! There are so many people today that text and drive, even when they are aware of the consequences. Because of the growing number of cellphones, there is more of a risk of a collision. Today, I hope to persuade you to not text while driving because it can not only kill you but it can also kill another person in the same amount of time that it takes to send a text message.
Adults can help by educating their children about distracted driving. Studies say five seconds is the minimal amount of time taken away from the road when a person is texting and driving. If they are traveling at 55mph, then they will drive the length of a football field without looking at the road. A lot can happen in a 100 yards and it is a scary thought thinking about