5 April 2013
Texting While Driving: Worse Than Drinking and Driving
I was on the freeway on my way to school when all of a sudden out of nowhere a car pulled into my lane without any signal. I slammed on my brakes because the car almost hit me. The driver never turned to look. I honked my horn, but the driver didn’t take into consideration my horn and kept driving. I changed lanes and caught up with the car to see who was driving, and it was a young female texting on her phone. She kept taking her eyes off the road to look down at her phone and text. I looked at her and shook my head but she kept texting while driving. Although many people think it’s okay to text and drive, they should take into consideration the danger they are putting themselves, and others in because texting while driving can often cause accidents leading to death, they tend to drive worse than an intoxicated driver, and they think they can multitask while driving. Not everyone is in favor of banning texting while driving. Most people will text and drive whether it’s legal or illegal. Those people who oppose texting while driving will argue that a driver who appears to be texting may be looking down which is not illegal, so how will a police officer know which drivers to pull over? Opponents acknowledge that texting while driving is not a smart thing to do but at the same time there are other things that can distract a person. Anything in a car can be a distraction, not just texting. Texting isn’t the only distraction to Armas 2
drivers. Radios, GPS devices, and other things are more of a distraction. Many people may argue that cell phone use isn’t a distraction, but in reality it’s the main distraction in a vehicle. However, texting while driving is dangerous because many people think they can multitask while driving....