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Distracted Driving In Kansas

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You hear sirens whale as you drive along the highway you pull over to let the emergency vehicle pass and maybe say a quick pray. The truth is it is common and depending on where you live you are likely to see a car crash almost every day. In Kansas alone a car crash happens every 8.4 minutes. Yet even with all the car crashes we see we still do not think it could happen to use. “Every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver who was distracted in some way.” http://distracteddriveraccidents.com/25-shocking-distracted -driving-statistics/ Nearly 75% of those are due to electronics and cell phones. Yet Even with all these car crashes The state of Kansas does not do enough to prevent distracted driving.…show more content…
Only 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving. According to http://distracteddriveraccidents.com/25-shocking-distracted-driving-statistics/ and “A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely. “According to https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html as this is true cell phone distractions account for the most distraction while driving. According to https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/ there are three types of distracted driving, Visual: taking your eyes off the road; Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving. texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Yet Kansas does not do enough to stop phones as being a distraction. The reason so many people are distracted by their phones even though there is a no texting while driving law is because people can still use GPS, FaceTime, gaming apps, music apps, camera Apps, and can still call people. http://www.theflynnlawfirm.com/flaws_kansas_missouri_texting_while_driving_laws/ according to http://www.drivinglaws.org/kansas.php “Drivers may not "write, send or read a written communication" which means they may not use a wireless communication device to manually type, send or read a written communication, including, but not limited to, a text message, instant message or electronic mail.” The crux of this law problem is their enforceability. An officer could pull you over for texting but you could say you were just using navigation or a game or your music app and since the officer can not look at your phone and see your last text he can not say you were texting and driving which is why Kansas needs to band the use of phones and not
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