Most student will get in trouble for texting in class while class is in session. I remember a time when I gotten my phone taking away for two weeks because I was texting my friend and not focus on the assignment that my teacher was explaining to the class. I was grounded for a week and couldn’t call my friend of text him for two weeks, but is that better than dying in a car crash because I was texting and driving. Driving and talk on the phone is bad enough, but why is texting a bigger problem in the world. Is it because there’s more accidents because of texting on the phone. It can be worst then drunk driving, or it can influence children to text and drive. Texting on the phone while driving should be banned in the United States to keep this country safe from ambitious drivers.
One out four car crashes are caused by texting and driving. It has been proven that 94% of all teens acknowledge and agree that texting and driving is a very dangerous thing. However 32% admit to doing it anyway. www.edgarsnyder.com states, “660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.” This is an outrageously large number of people. This number needs to be reduced. “In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you. -50 reasons not to text and drive-”. Texting and driving should not be permitted on the road.
The number of teens who are dying or being injured as a result of texting while driving has skyrocketed as mobile device technology has advanced. Researchers at Cohen Children 's Medical Center in New Hyde Park estimate more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries. The habit now surpasses the number of teens who drink and drive -- a hazard that has been on a dramatic decline in recent years, researchers say. An estimated 2,700 young people die each year as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol and 282,000 are treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Ricks)
According to kelly (2012), about “six billion messages are sent a day and over 2.2 trillion in the US, (Kelly, 2012). The worst violators are high school seniors, 58% have said they have texted while they were driving within the month before the study (Bratsis,2013).” That is a lot of teens that are texting nowadays. The majority of teenagers argue that “texting and driving is a “common” thing to do.” but when not only their lives but also other
Texting and driving is being blamed for most teen accidents in recent years when in fact there are many other reasons for these accidents that have been around for decades. Instead of addressing this problem as “distracted driving” and covering many of the reasons for these teen accidents it is being pin pointed on one activity, but by doing this, it is ignoring other issues that need to be considered. Pinpointing texting as the cause of more teen accidents is easier to do because the other driving issues are not as easily controlled, for example, radios, DVD players, GPS systems, food, and people. Texting and driving is not safe, but should we focus on it as a campaign when there are clearly other factors to consider such as vehicle components,
There are approximately 11 teen deaths each day because of texting and driving. It is clear that if people would stop texting, talking or using other apps on their phones while driving , then there would be fewer accidents. The number of teens dying from being injured has skyrocketed as a result of texting while driving. It is estimated that there are over three thousand teen deaths and three hundred thousand injuries nationwide. A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute showed that drivers who are texting are two times more likely to crash or almost crash compared to those who are focused on the road. There are thirty nine states and the district of Columbia that ban texting for drivers on a statewide basis. A federal survey showed that there are ninety four percent of Americans that think texting and driving should be illegal. Clearly, car accidents have increased because of the use of cellphones while driving and something more must be done about this problem.
In 2011, 23% of car accidents were caused from cell phones; that is 1.3 million crashes. That number has now rose to more than 1.6 million automobile accidents in 2014. In this century most Americans own a cellphone. 34% of Americans say that they have texted while driving. Although a vast majority of teens text while drive, they are not the only ones. 27% of adults admitted to texting and driving. This is a bigger problem than most people realize. Most children follow the example their elders set. This means, if your child or even sibling see that you are texting while driving, they are more likely to do it to. 48% of children the age 12-17 said they have been in a car while the driver was texting. Many states in America are working hard towards this problem. Thirty-nine states prohibit all drivers from text messaging, thirty-two states prohibit novice drivers from using a cell phone, and ten states prohibit the use of cellphones while driving. Florida has even stepped up to the plate in the fight against texting and
Texting and Driving has now become the principal cause of death surrounding teenagers and distracted adults- Texting while Driving has exceeded Drinking and Driving statistics. Although some adults are against governmental regulations, stating that the governmental take away their freedom or their free will, their right as a citizens. However, we must do something to help prevent more innocent victims’ lives being taking away by drivers who are too distracted by their cell phones to pay attention and it may just be their own lives that is being saved. The government must react, our government most become more proactive then reactive.
Texting while driving is an epidemic that has taken our nation by surprise. Over the last decade analysts have seen an increase in the number of accidents relating to texting and driving. Today many people think that they can type on their phones or while driving, without thinking that there is any real danger in the act of doing so. Something must be done to stop texting while driving. But what can be done though? How do we control this deadly action that many people do behind the wheel? The answer to this is that our government must take action by adding conformity to the laws and punishments rendered to the offenders. It is also important that the government give enough awareness and educational programs in order to spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving while behind the wheel.
In June there was an accident involving the deaths of five teenage girls. The driver was believed to be texting when they crashed into a tractor-trailer. I believe there should be a serious law to keep both teen and adult drivers from driving while texting. If there are laws passed to prevent this, many people can be saved from having car accidents or near misses. The driver is not the only one affected either, if they hit someone that person is affected as well. The texting law would be for personal safety and the safety of others.
Statistics show that texting while driving is on the rise. In a published article, “Trends in Fatalities From Distracted Driving in the United States”, from National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2005 to 2008 car accidents involving a use of a cellular device increased by 28 percent, while drunk driving fatalities declined by 35 percent. In today’s world, many people are becoming attached to their phone, and they cannot put it down for 30 minutes. A study completed by Pew Research Center showed that 59 percent of young adults ranging from 18 to 34 years old are the most likely to text and
Simply putting down your phone and paying attention to the road is a decision that not only could save the life of a driver but could save a whole family and community a whole lot of hurt. At any given time during the day approximately 800,000 people across the United States are on their phone while driving, which explains why texting is the number one distraction for teens across the country (Don’t Text and Drive-Volunteer Society of America). However, we can change this. Educating teens about the true risks of texting and driving just might save a life. Any text can
Plenty of people are losing their daughters, sons, or other family members because of either distracted driving or drinking and driving. Both are a big issue. Not only are people getting hurt, but parents also suffer when their children get into an accident. People do not think about the people they are hurting because of their actions. People need to take care and drive safely each time they are behind the wheel. Five seconds is the average time someone’s eyes are off the road while they are texting (“Facts and Statistics”). The majority of teens respond to a text message at least once or more every time they drive. Teens have the tendency of responding to a text message when they are driving or even when they are on their social media. Cell phone use while driving might be as or more dangerous than driving under the influence of
Parents also don't help by trusting teenagers too much and assuming they'll drive responsibility when they hand them keys. Traffic safety said many parents assume that all teens should know how to operate vehicle once they compete drivers education training ( Fischer). Texting and driving is a big safety risk that can cause the driver and innocent bystanders to be killed or injured .The rules and lack of public awareness have been a huge issue , the law has not been aware or enforced a hard case to fix the issues of texting while driving.But recently , Lacking enforcement power , police and traffic - safety advocates have called for more education , law enforcement officers and state officials ( Fischer
Devices that allow parents to track teenagers while driving are thought to be most useful instead of wasting time making laws. “Texting bans haven’t reduced crashes at all,” says Adrian Lund. Just as Lund stated, some people feel the bans are useless and shouldn’t be put into effect in the first place. After a law was placed in California banning the use of text messaging while driving, the amount doubled, found by a study conducted by the Automobile Club of Southern California. As much as the government tries to prohibit texting while driving, they cannot stop it. There are some people who truly feel the laws against texting behind the wheel are not effective.