Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Tejaan Parris
Mrs. Gordon
12 November 2015

Dangers Of Texting and Driving
Drivers should not be able to use their hand held cell phones while in a moving vehicle. Too many teens and young adults are being killed each year in texting and driving related accidents. Teens and young adults must be educated about the effects, benefits and laws of texting and driving in order to keep adults and teens
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In five seconds cars can travel the length of a football field when a vehicle is traveling at fifty five mph (Rampur P.1). Texting while driving is the most distracting thing people can do when they are driving. Text messaging causes a crash up to twenty three times more likely to happen. Dialing on the phone makes it up to 2.8 times as likely to have a crash happen (Rumpur P.2). Talking on the phone or listening is 1.3 times more of a risk and reaching for a device is 1.4 times more of a risk of getting in a crash (Rumpur P.2). Thirteen percent of drivers eighteen to twenty years old involved in car wrecks admitted to texting or talking on their phones hand held cell phones at the time of their crash (Rumpur P.2). Thirty-four percent of teens say they have texted while driving and fifty-two percent say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. An astonishing eighty-two percent of Americans age 16-17 own a cell phone. Forty eight percent of kids age 12-17 have been in a car while the driver was texting, what is being done to stop this in up to thirty nine states is the law for distracted driving. Ten states plus D.C prohibit all drivers from hand held cell phones; thirty two states and D.C prohibit novice drivers from texting
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