Argumentative Essay On Texting And Driving

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Driving While Intexticated In the past ten years, texting and driving has become a major issue on U.S. roads. The problem has increased as smartphones have become more affordable and accessible (Full Coverage Auto Insurances). Even though 95% of drivers would agree that texting and driving is wrong, 71% of people admit to texting and driving (It Can Wait). Distracted driving is driving a vehicle while engaging in an activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the task of driving (Dictionary.com). Distracted driving is detrimental in today’s society; therefore, we need to apply some safety features that will keep everyone protected at all times. There are many helpful solutions to this problem like apps and features for…show more content…
When you are texting and driving, you take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, which if you’re driving at 55 mph is the equivalent of driving across a football field without looking at the road (Texting and Driving Safety). As of June 2017, 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands banned texting and driving (CDC). According to Knowledge Center, Washington was the first state to put a ban on texting and driving in 2007. Four states (Arizona, Montana, Texas and Missouri) are without bans on texting and driving. Texas and Missouri have a ban on texting and driving for novice drivers. Arizona and Montana currently have no ban at all. However, Arizona’s ban on texting and driving will go into effect on July 1, 2018 (Knowledge Center.org). Distracted driving is part of the driver’s education course offered by private and public schools. People most at risk when texting and driving are drivers under the age of 20 (CDC). Teen girls are more likely to text while driving than teen boys (Full Coverage Auto Insurances). Teenage drivers have a 400% higher chance of being involved in a car crash while texting and driving than adults (IceBike). Teens have the reaction time of a 70-year-old with distracted driving (Teen Driver Source). Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving. A North Carolina mother lost her son to texting and driving. Her son, Gage
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