Dangers of Texting While Driving Essay

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Samantha is on her way home from work, driving 55 mph, and her husband texts her to see if she can pick up some milk from the grocery store for supper. She grabs her phone and reads the message. She looks up at the road before she replies to him and she is head on with another car 10 feet away from her, she slams on the breaks and swerves to try to miss the car. She rolls her car three times, landing in the ditch, where the car is upside down. The gentlemen in the other car calls 911. Police, ambulance, and fire trucks show up at the scene. Samantha is pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband receives a call from the officer on the scene telling him his wife is dead. When you are behind the wheel and you get a text message, is it worth …show more content…
Parents and teachers have gotten through to their children about the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt or driving after drinking, but for some reason they haven’t been able to get the phones out of their hands when they are behind the wheel. The worst violators are high school seniors, 58% have said they have texted while they were driving and 42.9% of juniors have admitted to texting while driving within the month before the study (Bratsis, 2013). That is a lot of teens that are texting and driving. In the survey I gave our class I found out that 87% of my classmates have texted while driving and 15% of them said they do it most of the time. I had asked on my survey “what would it take for you to stop texting while driving?” and one person said “as sad as it is, causing an accident would be an eye opener for most people.” I think that is true, some people don’t realize how distracted from driving they are until they get into an accident.
It is all about how well you can react to something happening in front of you; whether it is an accident or someone is just slowing down to turn. According to Health Wise, “A driver’s reaction time doubles when sending or reading a text” (Bratsis, 2013). That is not good, some people think that they have cat like reflexes and are fine but most people don’t have fast reflexes. Did you know that if you look at a text message or
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