Texting While Driving Kills, But Should It Be Banned

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Jacob Hartley Professor Buchanan ENG 112 22 April 2017 Texting while driving kills, but should it be banned? “’In 2012 alone, the National Safety Council estimated that texting while driving was responsible for between 281,000 and 786,000 motor vehicle crashes,’” (Gormley, pg. 88). Statistics show that there is a rise in accidents stemming from distracted driving from texting. It got me thinking with so many accidents being caused by drivers carelessly glancing down for a meaningless text, should texting while driving be banned across the nation? Whether people think they can safely type on their phone while driving, or just don’t think there is any real danger in the act does not matter. The truth is if you take your eyes off the road to…show more content…
In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that “8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily in the United States” (CDC). At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010 (DMV). Further supporting the fact that cell phones have become such a precious commodity that it is hard to imagine everyday life without them. Cell phones alone aren’t the problem, but when you add the cell phone plus a vehicle into the mix it’s just not possible to safely reach your destination. When you are operating a motor vehicle the task requires a person’s full mental capacity, so when a person is using their phone and driving they’re splitting their focus onto two separate task. “Among the various forms of distracted driving, texting stands out as particularly dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction, requiring the driver to take his eyes off the road, remove at least one hand from the steering wheel and take his mind off the task of driving” (Gormley 91). In 2015, the National Occupant Protection Use Survey reported that “handheld cell phone use continued to be highest among 16-24-year-old drivers” (FCC). It almost makes you think that the younger generation is having an addiction problem. Everywhere you go it’s almost impossible to
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