Dangers Of Texting While Driving

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An Avoidable Threat
“A call or text isn’t worth taking a life,” said Oprah Winfrey during a campaign to increase awareness about the threats of driving and texting at the same time (“Texting while Driving,” 2010, p. 5). Thousands of people die annually due to car accidents in the United States. The saddest thing is that most of them are innocent victims of someone who decides to send text messages while driving a deadly weapon. Raising public awareness of how dangerous it is to drive distracted is a duty of American government. Also, measures need to be done throughout the country to decrease car accidents and the promote general welfare. Therefore, the United States should ban texting while driving because this behavior poses a grave threat to the safety of American citizens and the ban does not infringe American’s freedom.
The first reason why the United States should ban driving while driving is that this behavior poses a serious threat to the American population. As a result of sending text messages at an inappropriate time, drivers, pedestrians, and passengers are in serious danger and can suffer severe injuries or even death. Motorists who type or read text messages behind the wheel are extremely distracted, that is why they run the same risk of colliding as drunk motorists. For example, Maggie McIntosh, a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, stated that drivers must take their eyes off the road and their hands of the wheel when sending a text message,

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