Don't Text and Drive You Could Save a Life

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Don’t Text and Drive You Could Save a Life

Good evening, my name is Stephanie Apfelbacher, I am here to say (SLIDE 1) Don’t Text and Drive you Could Save a Life. Maybe you have been tempted, sitting at the wheel in traffic; you hear the familiar beep of a text-message. It could be your boss needing the final sale numbers of the day or your friend needing advice on what outfit to wear to the party. Traffic is backed up and you know if will take just a minute to reply back, so you do. You think, there is little risk then BAM (SLIDE 2) you rear end the car in front of you because they stopped and you did not see in order to stop in time. This is what happened to a 16 year old’s car when she decided to driving while texting, she hit a parked car. Today I am here to persuade you to not text while driving. Driving while texting, is very dangerous, costly and should be illegal to all age of drivers in all states.

There are two major dangers to worry about while driving and texting. There have been thousands of deaths due to texting while driving. The University of N. Texas Health Center reported during 2001-2007 16,141 lives was claimed by driving whild texting. Driver’s eyes were distracted by texting for 4.6 seconds. According to the National Safety Council 1.6 million crashes are caused by usage of cell phones and driving while texting.During that 4.6 seconds your eyes are off the road due to composing a text message a car in front of you may stop abruptly or a pedestrian may walk out in front of you. Melissa T was killed on September 28, 2005 by a driver who was texting she was hit at 65 miles per hour and broke her next in two places and was pronounced dead on arrival. On January 13, 2010, Ashley Halsey with the Washington Post reported 28% of traffic accidents occur when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving. Clemson University Psychology Department did a simulated driving study and reported that texting and use of...
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