English Comp I
13 September 2013
Dangers of Texting While Driving
Technology has become a large part of our society. Mobile phones have become a staple to millions of people throughout the world, but with this technology comes a lack of responsibility that can cause harm to others. Texting has become a popular form of communication in the fast paced society we live in today. Texting and driving has become a growing epidemic. Statistics continue to prove how dangerous it is and why people need to be educated on the dangers. Studies are regularly being conducted to determine how many people are texting and driving at certain times. The amount of text messages sent in the United States in December of 2012 was approximately 171.3 billion (“What is Distracted Driving” 1). An alarming number of those text messages could have resulted in accidents as drivers became distracted. According to a new study conducted by AT&T, “almost half of adults admitted to texting while driving, compared to a slightly smaller number of teens who fessed up to the same thing” (Gross 1). When a driver sends or receives a text message, the driver becomes distracted and takes their eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds (“What is Distracted Driving” 1). In comparison, it is similar to driving the length of a football field blind-folded. Even those who know the dangers of texting and driving, continue to do so out of habit. In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban text messaging while driving. Currently, 41 states have banned text messaging for all drivers (“Distracted Driving Laws” 1) The State of Kansas has banned texting while driving for all drivers, but does continue to allow the use of a cell phone for talking except for novice and intermediate drivers. Kansas law states “drivers may not write, send or read a written communication” (“Kansas Cell Phone Laws” 1). This means drivers cannot manually send or read written communication from text messaging, instant...
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