The Dangers of Texting While Driving
Over the past few years, texting while driving has become a major issue for many Americans across the country. It has been the cause of many deaths and injuries and is a huge distraction for drivers. Texting while driving is said to be as dangerous as drunk driving. Many campaigns have been developed to further reduce the rate of accidents caused by texting while driving, but these are not taken to notice by the thousands of people taking their chances and answering a simple text that results in a terrible accident.
Today in our society texting is a major means of communicating with one another. Most people in our community own phones that include the advantage to use text messaging. Text messaging is a fast and easy form of communication. The second we hear that vibration we forget about everything else and our main focus is on that text. It suddenly becomes our top priority. Sadly there are drivers that don’t think twice before they choose to look at that text. They don’t seem to realize the consequences that may result from their actions. Texting while driving is a major distraction for drivers on the road. When a person texts and drives their focus comes off the road and the vehicle causing them to remain concentrated on the text. According for the Center for Disease Control, each day in the United States more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Texting while driving has proved to be one of the biggest distractions on the road. A study by distraction.gov showed that 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest population of drivers who were distracted. Since texting while driving has become such a huge issue in America, some states have decided to pass laws in order to prevent future accidents. According to Hands Free Info Texas drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communication devices. Hands Free Info also stated that learners permit holders are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving. Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Amarillo, Galveston, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Missouri City, the Canyon and Stephenville are among the two dozen Texas cities that have enacted local distracted driving laws. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles the new Wireless Communications Device Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. According to USA Today Nine states made texting while driving a primary offense in 2010, and four more have done so this year, including Nevada, which will issue warnings until the law is in full effect Jan. 1, 2012.
Texting while driving has become one of the leading causes of accidents in America over the last couple of years. Research shows that deaths from distracted driving rose 28% from 2005 to 2008, at the same time text messaging rates skyrocketed from 1 million texts per month in 2001 up to a staggering 110 million per month in 2008. A quick glance at ones phone may result in a dangerous accident. One small text can cause a one big problem. That one text is definitely worth the wait. It is extremely dangerous to text and drive because it gets the drivers main focus off the road causing a huge mess.
Texting while driving has been more of an issue for younger people than it has for those in a higher age group. Younger people are more prone to use their phones. They aren’t as wise as the elderly and are more addicted to their cell phones. Older people are more experienced drivers and they know when not to use their phones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation young drivers 18 to 20 have the highest...
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