Texting While Driving
Over the years technology has helped to move society forward, making things faster and easier. Being able to drive allows people to reach a destination a lot sooner than they would by walking. Also the ability to now text using a cell phone speeds up the communication process. Owners of cell phones try to combine texting and driving to make business or personal communications even faster. Texting while driving (TWD) is a highly controversial issue, and the people involved are concerned with reaction time, causing more car accidents, and responsibility.
Drivers are taught to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. But it is very common to see people, especially younger, trying to drive while glancing down at a cell phone or in some cases not watching the road at all. Michael Austin’s study “Texting While Driving: How Dangerous Is It?” he states that a person’s reaction time while driving is much worse than it is if the person has been drinking. The numbers show that while drunk it takes an extra four feet to brake and stop the vehicle, and when texting it takes an extra seventy feet, which is a massive difference. Degagne and Mulvey wrote an article about a trolley driver that crashed head on with another trolley while he was texting his girlfriend. He could not react fast enough, and because of that along with similar accidents, in Massachusetts, there is a one-hundred dollar fine on anyone caught texting while driving. The offending driver must also take a driver’s retraining course. While people on the other end of this argument think that texting while driving is not worse than driving drunk. Gabrielle Marks writes that “cell phone usage impairs driving ability and response time as profoundly as driving while intoxicated” (7). She explains that university researchers did a study using forty adults between the ages of twenty-two and thirty-four with an average of eight years of driving experience. The results back up her...
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