Texting and Driving

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Fran Texeira Lading
English 108
“Argumentative Essay RD”
NWSU – Dr. Heard
14 September 2010
Texting and Driving Should Be Banned in Every State.
Should the laws for texting while driving be the same in every State? In today’s society, the vast majority of people rely on a cell phone of their choice to talk, text, or e-mail. The most popular and dangerous is texting while driving. In most state texting while driving is ban for everyone and in other states there is an age limit for texting and driving. The laws should be the same for all states, which would ban texting while driving for anyone that gets in the driver seat. Recent studies show that texting while driving distracts the driver, it affects their driving skills; it causes injury and can claims lives, destroys families and increases insurance rates due to accidents.

Distractions are the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes and the number one distraction is cell phones. The Wireless Association reports there more then 270 million-cell phone subscribers; this is up dramatically from 100 million subscribers in 2000. An estimated 110 billion text messages were sent monthly in 2008. Public opinion poll showed 81 percent of the public admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving. Drivers who talk on their cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a crash and texting while driving is 8 times likely to be involved in a crash. Texting and driving is the equivalent to four alcoholic drinks. So why would someone want to take the risk to text and drive?

Studies show texting while driving affects the skills of the driver. It slows the reaction time of the driver, a recent simulator study compared drivers using cell phones and drivers impaired by alcohol. The cell phone users had a slower reaction times then drivers with .08 BAC and slower reaction to vehicles braking in front of them. It affects their increase stopping time. An unimpaired drive...
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