Distracted Driving (PSA)

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In 2011 alone, 1.3 million car crashes involved the driver being distracted because they were using their phone. This is a shocking statistic and what’s even more frightening is that even though it is a big problem, people continue to drive while distracted. There are plenty of methods that the public has tried for these distracted drivers to stop. One way is through a PSA, or a Public Service Announcement. PSAs are just what it sounds like. They notify the public about a certain topic that is critical to be heard. Even though PSA’s are have not been proven to be helpful according to recent statistics, I believe that it is just a good method that takes time. Public Service Announcements have been airing since the 1970s to the 1980s. The topics we mainly hear about are anti-drug/smoking and pollution/littering. However, there has been a recent topic that has been brought up by the public, and that is distracted driving. Distracted driving is just what it sounds like, it is when the person driving the car takes their focus off the road for something else. When people think of…show more content…
Public Service Announcements do as little as saying that it is an issue, nothing more. After that, it is up to the person to listen to the message or ignore it. There always has been a problem of how impactful PSAs can be. There has been controversy on how graphic or emotional it can be due to people becoming traumatized. Although it is true that PSAs haven’t made a big impact on the statistics, people would argue that having a video talking about it is better than not doing anything about it. The public needs to know how important it is and that is what the job of a PSA is. The problem is, most people think they are invincible, that it cannot possibly happen to them. It can happen to them, and it will. PSAs are beneficial even if it takes time to make an impact. A country wasn’t built in a
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