Research Proposal: Texting While Driving Final Paper

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Research Proposal
RES 341
October 12, 2011

Research Proposal
Section I: Problem Statement
It is an unknown fact that texting while driving has a greater impact on the rise of car accidents from introduction in 1992. Section II; Research Purpose
The purpose of this research is to discover if texting while driving is the leading cause of automobile accidents of today. Society does not view texting while driving as a safe practice. There are ["There are" is an awkward phrase if "there" is not clearly a location] many articles, news reports, and laws passed on texting while operating a vehicle because of the danger associated with the act. Texting while driving causes numerous of problems such as: distraction from the road, a decrease of attention once he or she turns away from the road in responding to a text, and limiting physical ability because texting requires the use of one or both hands to reply to messages. These are some of the issues researchers investigate in finding a conclusion to if the individuals should or should not text while operating a vehicle. Solving the problem of texting while driving is important to Team A because it will reduce the number of accidents connected to texting while driving. According to Statistics and Facts about Distracted Driving, “the percentage of drivers visibly manipulating hand-held devices while driving was higher among females (0.7%) than among males (0.5%)” [A citation goes outside the cited information but inside the sentence--the period goes after the citation, the quotation mark before the citation] (Use of Electronic Devices While Driving). Section III Problem Background

Cellular phones serve as useful convenient methods of communication however; does the text messaging feature of a cell phone decrease a driver’s awareness resulting in poor decision-making abilities? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “approximately 1,000,000 vehicles on the road on any day during daylight hours are driven by individuals who are concurrently using hand-held phones” (Peters et al. [Latin "et al." means "and the rest." If the source has two authors, always include both names in each citation in the text. When a work has three to five authors, include all author names in the first citation, just the name of the first followed by "et al." in all others. In the case of six or more authors, even in the first reference, include just the name of the first author followed by "et al."] 2011). Once a drivers distraction is interrupted [Passive voice ] the vehicle is no longer under complete control, which increases the possibility of rear-end impact, side-swiping, or running off the road into an embankment. Car accidents occur for numerous reasons such as: poor weather [Check spelling. "Weather" pertains to the atmosphere--hot or cold, rain or snow. "Whether" indicates choices, possibilities, different conditions] conditions, road construction, and vehicle failure; but texting while driving forces the drivers’ attention away from concentrating on the road. This is why law officers created the law “No Texting While Operating a Vehicle” in certain states because of the increase of automobile accidents they saw over the years. There are [Avoid using this phrase] many studies that have been connected [Passive voice ] to life threatening accidents caused by distracted drivers using their cellular devices. Society thrives on innovative concepts, which enhance multi-tasking, but texting while driving is not a safe method to use. The importance of relaying a message should not increase the possibility endangering someone’s life. Section IV: Research Questions

One would have to ask, does texting while driving have any impact on the rise number of car accidents, and although texting is very convenient do we [Use "we," "us," or "our" to mean yourself and coauthors, not general...
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