English Honor 4
March 29, 2013
Texting and Driving
Imagine seeing skid marks on the ground, a loud crash; “It was from a vehicle that swerved across the center line of a Haverhill street and crashed head on into Donald Bowley's truck, killing the 55-year-old father of three. Aaron Deveau, 18, who became the first driver in Massachusetts to be convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting, has been sentenced to two years in prison and loss of his license for 15 years” (DAVIS, LINSEY. "Massachusetts Teen Aaron Deveau Found Guilty in Landmark Texting While Driving Case." ABC News Network, 06 June 2012. Web. 19 Mar. 2013).. It takes up to five seconds for a person to be distracted from the road, which equals driving a whole football flied at 55mph without even looking. In today’s society people have some sort of technology well the main source of technology is cell phones it’s playing a big impact. Many people get distracted by these devices while doing any sort of movement. “In United States during 2011, 3331 people was killed in car accidents because of drivers distracted by phones, compared to 3,267 in 2011”( Department of Transportation. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.), this is telling the society that the death rate is increasing. Texting and driving is a serious problem in the United States that leads to car crashes and deaths. This problem can be solved by enforcing the consequences for repeated offenders, providing mandatory education for student in public school’s health classes. State Farm Insurance created an Android app called “On the Move” (App Inventor: Create Your Own Android Apps [Paperback]." App Inventor: Create Your Own Android Apps: David Wolber, Hal Abelson, Ellen Spertus, Liz Looney); requiring phone companies to install a driver mode on all cell phones to prevent incoming text messaging and calls while a vehicle is in motion. Texting and driving leads to many car accidents, deaths and injuries in the society. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted (Distracted Driving | Facts and Stats | Texting and Driving. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.). When people send or receive a message’s it distracts drivers, especially younger drivers from the road, no matter if it’s just for a second, which is all it takes for their mind to be off focus causing car crashes or hitting an innocent pedestrian. Accessing the internet like twitter and face book play effect on distracting drivers. People all over the United States should know about this because texting and driving is happening all over the United States. In today’s society it is the leading cause of deaths; “Current data suggest that each year, at least 1.6 million traffic accidents (28% of all crashes) in the United States are caused by drivers talking on cell phones or texting” (The New England Journal of Medicine." The Most Primary of Care. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013). These distractions have gone on for a few years now but have gotten worse than in the past; the death rates increase ever year from driving while texting. “The proportion of fatalities reportedly associated with driver distraction increased from 12 percent in 2004 to 16 percent in 2008”. The opposing side may think texting while driving is not bad at all, because in their mind the statistics will not occur to them, that they can refuse the odds. While others believe that they know how to text well enough to avoid accidents. Well that’s not true at all; “the youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20” (Distracted Driving | Frequently Asked Questions | Texting and Driving." Distracted Driving | Frequently Asked Questions | Texting and Driving. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013). It can happen to anyone, once someone pick the phone up the chances of an accident rises. The biggest concern about this problem is that technology will win the...
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