Distracted Driving

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Aizay Tariq
8C
October 16th, 2012

You’re driving, you get a text from your best friend, and you just look at the screen of your cell phone when suddenly BAM you’re in a car accident! In just ten seconds your whole life turned upside down by what, a car accident, because you were just distracted for about ten seconds. Funny isn’t it, how in a second, your life can shatter like that? What if you didn’t get distracted? Those what ifs are the only thing you are left with once you survive through an auto accident, just plain regret. What’s left to ask is how car/auto accidents are killing and hurting people for their entire life. I’m Aizay Tariq and the issues we’re going to be investigating are the three main reasons people get into car accidents, which are distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving. This is important since people die every day from these life incidents, and just as we speak people are dying around the world!

How do people get into accidents by distracted driving? Mostly people get into car accidents, because of eating food or texting friends while driving a vehicle. From the article Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents, Michael Pines states the top reason, “Distracted driver is a motorist that diverts his or her attention from the road usually to talk on a cell phone, send a text message or eat food”. I agree with this, because I see people everyday getting into car accidents, because of calling a person on the phone, or getting distracted by food! Another issue Michael Pines reveals through his research is, “If you change your radio station, not only do you take your hand off the steering wheel to press a button, but you also take your eyes off the road to look at what button you want to press. Also, drivers who engage more frequently in distracted driving are more likely to be involved in an automobile accident or near-crash.” Well whenever I sit with my brother in the car who drives the car, he does this a lot, I never really noticed...
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