Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is an ongoing problem throughout the entire world. 1,153 people are injured and more than 9 people are killed each day in crashes that are believed to involve someone being distracted while driving. Distracted driving not only endangers the person doing it, but it endangers everyone else on the road near them. There are several factors that are classified as distracted driving, however texting and driving is among one of the most serious. Texting and driving involves at least three mental and physical actions which can take your attention away from the road and can cause a hazardous situation. Distracted driving is defined as doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. There are three main types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. Each type of distraction poses a threat to drivers everyone on the road near you, however texting and …show more content…
Nationwide, 43 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to prohibit the use of a cell phone while driving. The state of California has both primary and secondary laws about texting and cell phone use. Special laws apply to drivers under the age of 18. In 2009, the Federal Government passed a legislation prohibiting their employees who are driving government equipment from texting while driving. Studies show that providing information to people about the dangers of texting and driving is key. Governments, safety organizations, parents and schools all offer information that proves how dangerous it really is. Getting drivers of all ages to not only absorb the information but react in a responsible manner is very difficult. Providing a basis of information to people can help make the risk of texting and driving a more evident situation. In addition to information, a publicity effort by everyone nationwide is helping to make this issue more evident and spread to drivers of all