Texting While Driving Everyday someone around the world is affected by texting while driving, whether it is a commuter who is exhausted after a long day at work or a passenger alongside their friend hoping to get home quick enough to catch their favorite television show. Most people are unaware of the fact that most car crashes that are not a result of alcohol or drug use are because of cellular devices. If a driver is texting while behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle it clearly shows that they are unfocused on the road and their attention is diverted elsewhere. Their eyes are concentrated on the screen and their attention to operating their vehicle safely and successfully. This is also an endangerment to everyone on the road and that moment. Texting while driving is a danger to everyone on the road or in the vicinity of the individual using the cell phone while operating the vehicle. Texting while driving should be illegal because death rates for driving will go down, driving will become safer, and there would be less distracted drivers on the road. The amount of deaths due to texting while driving is steadily increasing; something must be done to ensure the safety of those on the road. “Young drivers aged seventeen through twenty-four, using a simulator, found that reaction time was slowed by thirty-five percent when that person is either writing or sending a text message” (Nicole). Some believe that in order to be fully confident that everyone on the road is safe there should be a mandatory driver’s class to improve driving skills. Classes such as these would illuminate why it is extremely important to always drive safely while operating a motorized vehicle. It is hard to disagree when approached with the fact that: In 2009 5,474 people were killed in the U.S due to distracted driving, while another 24,000 were injured. 995 of those deaths were all due to the use of a cell phone (Freeman). People on the road get hurt every single day. It is upsetting but inevitable when vehicles are being driven at speeds of sixty to eighty miles per hour. But it is still shocking to see the amount of accidents and deaths caused by something that could be as simple as a message sent to a mother to make sure that an extra gallon of water is picked up. But while it may seem that it is no big deal, it is proven that “If you look down to text for just a few seconds at fifty-five miles per hour, your car travels the length of a football field while you’re not looking at the road” (Freeman). With information such as this it is hard to believe that some still continuously use their devices anyway. It would not be too difficult to depart from a blackberry for a few minutes to guarantee the safety of every single person on the road. It may seem that the importance of the message warrants a glance down at the screen, but it really does not. That glance could make the difference between life and death. Keeping the phone away is the best possible decision possible. Keeping it away can save a life. In order to be safest while operating a vehicle cellular devices ought to be powered off and put in a safe position so the driver will not be tempted to send one quick message. Miles Austin performed an experiment and in the results it was concluded that “When using cell phones it is a proven fact that a driver is more likely to drift out of their lane” (Austin). Virginia Tech also did an additional experiment that proves that people who send text messages while driving are twenty-three times more likely to be in a crash, or a near-crash event, than non distracted drivers. Using a cell phone also slows your reactions down to the same as a seventy year olds. It is safe to assume that if a driver is above the age of seventy years old that their reaction time would not be improved. Of all the things that can be done with a cell phone, texting is the leading cause for crashes. This statement is backed by the fact that for every six driving…
Texting while driving: A Serious and Deadly Practice
Modern society as we know it has become one that is so task oriented that most individuals do not take to slow down and observe the world around them. Most people are consumed by chores that literally take up more than half their day; this is further compounded by the fact that we now have access to gadgets and electronics that are labeled “smart” because of their features and capabilities. Communication technology is faster than it has ever been…
Texting While Driving
Texting while driving has already claimed the lives of several people across the country. In Los Angeles in 2008, a commuter train conductor was texting when he ran through a red light. The train collided with a freight train, injuring 135 people and killing 24, including the conductor (Haber). In Marion County, Florida, a 30-year-old man was texting while driving and crashed into the back of a stopped school bus, pushing it more than 200 feet forward. The bus burst into flames…
Texting While Driving Is
Driving skill is measurably
impaired by text-messaging.
Writing text messages creates a
significantly greater impairment
than reading text messages, but
both are harmful
Texting Drivers in the
A 17-year-old texting driver in New York state
swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a truck
head-on, killing herself and her four
A texting California train engineer was
involved in the…
person life away.
It’s common knowledge that texting while driving is a bad idea, but what happens to the
person sending the text to someone who is behind the wheel.
Texting while driving is a bad idea but everyone nowadays does it. It does not
seem important because even the enforcer, such as the police do it too while on the job.
The importance of these laws has been forgotten. But now, there have been many
accidents of texting while driving, especially in the younger generation. Now, there…
threatening to run him over. After a blinding flash of pain, everything went black for Kenneth.
Unfortunately, this real life incident took place in 2012, years after texting while driving was made illegal by Connecticut and laws were created to prevent texting while driving. But no, that did not work as expected. Texting while driving deaths per year were still up in the thousands. People didn’t pay attention to the laws. For this reason, in my opinion, new laws should not be made because they will…
Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a traffic incident.
"Texting with either a smartphone or Glass will cause distraction and should be avoided while driving" said UCF researcher Ben Sawyer. "Glass did help drivers in our study recover more quickly than those texting on a…
Prohibit Using the Cell phone While Driving.
Do you use the cell phone anywhere, at any time? Even when you are driving? The cell phone is an implement that has changed the world in this decade. Although it has so many benefits, we need to be careful when and where we use it. Using the cell phone while driving is one of the most important causes of fatal crashes or other car accidents. To decrease it, the government should prohibit the use of cell phones while driving to raise people’s awareness that…
Texting and Driving
Texting while driving is a big problem in our world today, one out of every four accidents
is caused by texting while driving. There are approximately two hundred and fifty
thousand Americans who text while driving. According to the National Safety Council,
there are about one point six million crashes a year caused by texting while driving.
Drivers of automobiles should be restricted from using cellular devices while operating a…
December 5, 2014
Putting The Brakes On Texting While Driving
In recent years, new technology has allowed communication to become instantaneous.
Because of this, texting has become extremely popular. Although texting is quick and
convenient, society’s demand for constant communication has had disastrous effects. Texting
while driving has been proven extremely dangerous and lethal. Although many states have put
restrictions on texting while driving, the laws are lightly enforced and penalties are insufficient…