Texting and Driving

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Rey Martinez
English 1301-303
April 13, 2010
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Wilson, Fernando A., and Jim P. Stimpson. "Trends in Fatalities From Distracted Driving in the United States, 1999 to 2008." American Journal of Public Health 100.11 (2010): 2213-2219. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Apr. 2011.

Fernando A. Wilson and Jim P. Stimpson focus on the trends of distracted drivers and their relation to cell phone use. They give records data and statistics on all road fatalities on U.S. Roads from 1998 to 2008 from The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). They include trends in driving fatalities due to distracted drivers associated with cell phone use. They give a good insight on how fatalities have increased significantly after 2005. Their suggestion that the Legislation should effectively enforce a way to deter the use of cell phones while driving. "Don't text, or drink, behind the wheel." Industrial Engineer: IE 42.5 (2010): 14. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Apr. 2011.

Matthew R. E. Romoser’s article highlights the findings of a study conducted at the Human Performance Lab of the University of Massachusetts concerning the most dangerous behind-the-wheel activity. The conclusions reveal that texting while driving is the most unsafe one, even more dangerous, in some aspect, than drinking and driving. Findings show how driving with distractions increases a person's chances of crashing more than 20 times compared to nondistracted driving. "THE CELL PHONE ZONE." ETC: A Review of General Semantics 65.4 (2008): 382-383. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 12 Apr. 2011.

The article discusses the phenomenon of people attention being drawn to their cellular telephones, especially through text messages. It explains how much people become largely unaware of their physical surroundings, the people around them and even where their going and how all this distraction is due to cell phone use. "Why cell phone conversations...
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