Texting, Driving, And Driving

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Texting and Driving We see it every day and it seems to be the norm. As we drive we see people on their phones talking or texting while driving, not paying attention and crossing the center line or moving into your lane. Texting and driving has increased over the years with smart phones, busy lives, social media, and wanting to stay connected. At any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile (Health Research Funding, 2015). It only takes three seconds after the driver is distracted for an accident to occur. Texting and driving causes more fatalities than drunk driving. Texting while driving is the number one cause of teen deaths in all categories, with three hundred more deaths due to texting than from driving drunk. Through the years the laws with drunk driving have become more severe; penalties for the first offense of drunk driving in some states is jail time and penalties for texting while driving is a twenty-dollar ticket if you are caught. The drunk driver faces stiff fines, jail time, suspension of license and even ignition interlock devices. Texting while driving is treated as an innocuous event. There are only 2 states who even authorize jail time and fines are extremely light. Offenders do not lose their license or worry about devices being installed to prevent future texting while driving violations. The offenders simply pay a ticket the same way they would

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