Essay about Texting and Driving

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This paper examines the dangers that arise when cell phones are used at the same time as operating a vehicle. The paper will explore the following question of why this is a problem and why the research is important. The variables investigated are the use of cell phones while driving, whether speaking or texting, and the accidents and fatalities caused from the distraction. Data of the accidents and fatalities caused by drivers distracted by their cells phones is stated to research and further explores the age group and gender of the people involved into the accidents to uncover patterns. Possible outcomes of the implementation of laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving are discussed as well as the sampling measures used to…show more content…
To explore these variables in a more diversified manner, the measurements of age and gender were used in a stratified sampling method to determine who is more likely to get into an automobile accident while driving. Extensive research shows the dangers of distracted driving. Recent studies show that drivers using a phone are up to four times more likely to cause an accident and in these cases, the damage is comparable to someone driving while intoxicated (Governors Highway Safety Association). Drivers that engage in distracted driving activities pose a serious and deadly risk on the road. “The 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study” (Klauver et al.) showed that some form of driver inattention was present in nearly 80 percent of crashes. Now, not all of these drivers were talking on their cell-phones or texting. Some may have been simply adjusting their radios or changing their radio station, but ultimately, some form of distraction existed. With over 300 million men, women, and children using cell phones, driving while using a cell phone is an undeniable problem. The under-20 age group has the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes, with the 20-29 year old age gap falling right behind them( U.S. Department of Transportation). Studies show that almost 50 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while

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