Good morning everyone, my name is Anna Carter and I have been asked to come here on behalf of the RTA to aware you all of the dangers of using your phone while driving.
How many of you have cell phones? How many of you drive? Honestly, how many of you use your phone and drive at the same time? In my experience of 10 years working in this field I have spent countless hours studying the effects of texting while driving and can tell you, it is very dangerous. The great majority of people are constantly on their phones, whether they are at school at home or even while they drive. Mobile phones are taking over our lives; we would be lost without them. I chose to speak about the topic of texting while driving because many people and especially you teens do this continuously. Today I would like to persuade all of you to stop using your mobile phones while performing the important task of driving.
In today’s life style, text messaging is a main form of communication. Most people who own a mobile phone revel in the wonders of text messaging; its fast and its easy. We impulsively respond to that buzz of our phones and often tune out of our surroundings. Unfortunately, an overwhelming amount of drivers don’t hesitate to both read and respond to text messages while driving. Using a mobile phone or texting while driving causes the driver to become extremely distracted and affects the focus of the driver.
It affects the driver as much as the impairment of alcohol. In Australia, 2012 at least 25% of auto collisions involved mobile phones…. That’s 1.3 million crashes… Vehicle crashes are one of the top causes of deaths for 15 to 20 year olds. 11 teen deaths everyday are caused by texting whilst driving. That could be you, you, you, any of you. Do you really care about your phones so much that you want to be 1 of those 11 teens. Imagine this, it’s a beautiful day for a drive, the sun is out, windows rolled down, the music...
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