The sound of screeching tires, the busted glass strewn all over the road, the sirens in the distance approaching. Other motorist stopped, rushing to see if there is anything, they can do to help. Another accident, the question is, could this accident have been avoided, could the needless pain have been prevented, and, if something could have prevented it, should it have been done. Texting and driving is completely out of hand, and something needs to be done about it. Drivers leaving the phones alone, and paying attention to the road can avoid many accidents. Texting while driving needs to be banned, because, it takes a drivers attention off the road, and leaves them briefly out of control of their vehicle. It is dangerous to the public including pedestrians and other drivers and it can result in life changing consequences.
Most people if asked what the number one cause of accidents in the United States is would probably respond with drunken driving. Although this may have been the case in the past, resent studies have proved this not to be the case. As of 2012, the number one cause of accidents in the U.S. is distracted driving, with texting and driving leading the way.
How many times while driving down the interstate, does the familiar sound of tires running off the road catch your attention, just to look over and see the driver talking or texting on the phone while jerking on their steering wheel to keep from running off the road. Looking in the rear view mirror, you notice someone tailgating you so close you think you are in a NASCAR race, while they pass, you cannot help but notice that they are on the phone texting and swerving sometimes inside their lane, but most of the time from lane to lane. Once while driving down the road, I noticed a woman not only texting while driving but also reaching behind her doing something with her child in the seat behind her. I had to wonder is her life and that of her child worth the text that she was either receiving or trying to send. Another time while at a red light I noticed a man making a turn while texting on the phone, almost side swiping the car in the lane next to him. As I sat there on my motorcycle, I thought to myself I am glad I am not in that lane next to him.
People who drive while texting, are twenty five times more likely to be involved in an automobile accident. DR. Harvey Simon of Harvard medical states, “Each day, more than 16 Americans are killed and more than 1,300 are injured in car crashes that involve a distracted driver. In 2008 alone, nearly 6,000 deaths and over 500,000 injuries occurred. And the problem is getting worse every year. Overall, vehicular deaths are declining, but the share of road deaths caused by distracted driving has risen to 16%”. Teenagers are not the only ones doing it either. According to a study done by ATT, adults are worse! “Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it's wrong. Six in 10 say they weren't doing it three years ago. (Copeland).
Someone may say that I only take my eyes off the road for a few seconds. However according to the National Highway Traffic safety administration “Texting is the most alarming distraction because it involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that is like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. It's extraordinarily dangerous”. It only takes seconds to cause an accident, and in most cases, you will not have time to react properly if you are distracted. Some may argue that a hands free device is the solution. Again, these devices require being turned on, and it will easily become distracting to the operator of the vehicle, taking their attention off what they should be focused on, which...
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