21 April 2010
Texting while driving is NOT worth the risk
The number one source of driver inattention is use of a cell phone. Drivers that text or talk on cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). My first and only wreck so far, since I receiving my license a year ago, was caused because of texting while driving. Luckily I wasn’t going very fast, so no one was hurt and there was very little damage; however, it definitely scared me, and I now realize how dangerous it really is. Texting while driving should be against the law because it can be very hazardous and lead to regretful consequences. The most dangerous thing about texting while driving is that both your hands and brain are distracted (Wood). Studies using driving distractions implied that listening and talking on the phone were just as dangerous as texting, but such studies proved not to be true because texting while driving far outweighs the dangers of any other distractions. A study by Car and Driver magazine also proved texting to be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated (“Tests reveal dangers when texting while driving”). Yet, compared to other distractions, says Rich Hanowski, “texting is in its own universe of risk” (Richtel). The University of Utah found that drivers take their eyes off the road for at least five seconds when texting. “When drivers have their eyes on their cell phone instead of the road, the results can be deadly,” notes Senator Charles Shumer of New York (“Tests reveal dangers when texting while driving”). Texting while driving continues to be a leading cause of death. One reason for this is because when people multi-task while driving, they lose the ability to monitor themselves and the road (Wood). Making known the need to cut back driver distraction and injuries due to accidents, lawmakers...