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Driving Under the Influence

By Harharharris Jul 28, 2013 861 Words
Driving Under the Influence
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Being on a mobile device while driving has led to a “twenty three percent of auto collisions in 2011, which equals up to 1.3 million crashes,” (TextingandDrivingsaftey.com) and should be completely avoided in respect to other drivers and patrons on the road. In a society that demands constant streams of social media, drivers are now more prone to distracted driving than ever. “Distracted driving is a serious and deadly epidemic on America’s roadways. There is no way to text and drive safely.” (LaHood, Ray) By educating those whom are guilty of “distracted driving” of the possible consequences, the roads will be safer for passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. Driving while under the influence of a mobile device is not safe, and the consequences of doing so should become more widespread to help prevent further car accidents and injuries to our society. Drivers are nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in a collision if they are manipulating their cell phone. Drivers are also twenty three times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they are texting. Also, “one-in-five drivers have confessed to surfing the web [or utilizing a mobile] device while driving.” (TextingandDrivingsaftey.com) “Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by thirty-seven percent.” (Carnegie, Mellon) This leads to any distracted driver by cellphone to be an extremely high risk when they are on the road. Even though “seventy-seven percent of young adults are... confident that they can safely text while driving,” the increased amounts of car wrecks due to being distracted by a mobile phone has increased exponentially since the inception of the first widespread smartphone in 2007. As a society that requires constant social interaction, the mobile phone satisfies the whim to be up-to-date with the current world. At the touch of a finger, society is able to: access all aspects of social media; send an email to friends and families; message anyone in a network via text message; and, even update how one is feeling at that moment in time. This addiction can easily consume a driver, especially on longer drives that require less attention on highways and service roads. As much as the society has agreed that the relentless interaction with their mobile phone is reckless, the addiction is too easily satisfied by reaching into one’s pocket. Teens who concentrate their attention on their mobile devices are estimated to spend “ten percent of their driving time outside of their lane.” (TextingandDrivingsaftey.com) This can equate to driving a full length of a football field at fifty-five miles-per-hour without looking. There are many reported cases of fatal accidents that have been proven to be caused by driving under the influence of utilizing a mobile phone while driving. Taylor Sauer, an 18-year-old college student, was sending text messages every ninety seconds while going eighty miles-per-hour on a highway last year. One of her status updates was, “I can’t discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha.” (Inbar, Michael) A few seconds after she posted this update, she crashed into a tanker truck that was going fifteen miles-an-hour and was killed instantly. Victims of distracted driving, Calli Ann Murray, and her mom, Ling Murray, were heading home from a play date. On December 1st, 2010, two-year-old Calli and her mom were walking home from their local park. The two, intertwined by their hands, reached a crosswalk while a young driver, texting on her cellphone, barreled down the street. With the driver’s attention on her mobile device, she struck Calli Murray and Ling Murray. “Calli was instantly killed, and Ling was critically injured.” (Fastlane.gov) Society should account for the thousands of deaths per year from driving under the influence of mobile utilization, and make a conscience effort to keep the utilization minimal. This conscience effort will help decrease auto collisions, inadvertent swaying of the vehicle, and the roads for safer travels. Ultimately, if society is more aware of the unprecedented outcomes of utilizing a mobile device while driving, one would be able to decrease the amount of car wrecks, and, more importantly, fatalities.

Works Cited
A. Inbar, Michael. "Parents of Teen Who Died Texting and Driving: 'Kids Think They're Invincible'" TODAY.com. 5 March. 2012. Web. 27 June 2013. <http://www.today.com/id/46627015/ns/today-today_news/t/parents-teen-who-died-texting-driving-kids-think-theyre-invincible/>. B. "Just Drive." - Carnegie Mellon University. Web. 27 June 2013.

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