Distracted Driving Annotated Bibliography

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"Distracted Driving." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. In this article “Distracted Driving”, many distractions are mentioned other than just cell phone usage, such as changing the radio station or driving with kids in the back seat. It is stated that the dangers from distracted driving are because of the decrease in brain function and inability to pay full attention to the road. These practices lead to wrecks and in many cases death. This article is written by writers for the Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection from Gale Database. Because this database is well known and used at a variety of high schools, this is a reliable source. The article is objective because it states both sides of this issue with distracted driving, whether it’s good to get tasks done during one’s driving time or if it’s dangerous. The purpose is just to inform its readers of the debate, and to show how some companies are attempting to fix the issue. This article would be useful because it does have statistics about state laws against texting while driving. Although phone usage is not the only distraction, many distractions cannot have a law put on them. This brings it back to the argument stating that the driver needs to make better decisions on the road.

"Distracted Driving Facts." Professional Safety 56.1 (2011): 12. Academic Search Elite. Web. 7 Mar. 2013. In Professional Safety, it is stated that the Department of Transportation (DOT) is attempting to raise awareness of distracted driving. Their campaign covers not only just automobiles but also train and airplanes. DOT advertises their campaign by online videos of the consequences of distracted driving, using other’s personal stories. This article is very reliable because the Department of Transportation knows about driving issues. Reasonable statistics have been placed throughout showing the authors knowledge about distracted driving. There is no clear author for this article in Professional Safety, but because it is an academic journal there have been editors that have looked it over. The goal is to warn readers of the dangers in distracted driving and have so in a serious manner. This source is useful for an essay that help its readers to recognize what distracted driving is and the consequences of it. The article’s personal stories and statistics show the dangers behind this type of driving and can aware the reader’s to refrain from most distractions while behind the wheel. Readers can make a better connection by reading about personal stories and facts. "Distracted Driving: Fast Lane To Disaster." Harvard Men's Health Watch 16.10 (2012): 6-7. Academic Search Elite. Web. 13 Mar. 2013. In this article, written by Harvard writers, the topic of distracted driving is discussed. There are three types of distractions that are mentioned. It argues that some types of distracted driving are just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. The author of this article states that distracted driving is one hundred percent preventable; all drivers have to do is pay attention to the road. Harvard Men’s Health Watch is based in the Ivy League school Harvard. Although there is no known author, the writer(s) for Harvard Men’s Heath Watch’s goal is to inform its readers. They do this by offering information on texting, deaths, drunk driving, and the simple distractions. The information provided in this article is based off of statics dealing with the increase of mobile phones and percentages of car accidents. Surveys have also taken place for evidence. This is a reliable source because it was found on the EBSCOhost database. Harvard’s article on distracted driving can be used in a persuasive essay to aware drivers of its dangers. It can help explain the three different types of distractions and what causes these distractions in...
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