The Consequences of Driving and Distraction Essay

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In today’s news, it’s not uncommon for accidents to be the top story. In fact with today’s population, over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year with an estimated amount of 1.2 million crashes each year that involved drivers using cell phones for conversations. Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030. With the big population of people that cover our world today, it is not uncommon to see drivers swerving in their lanes or barely dodging a pedestrian because they are not focused. To be exact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in crashes that were reported to…show more content…
In many states, drivers under the age of 18 are banned from using cell phones while driving. There are fines of $100/$250 plus 30-day suspension for junior drivers. A text message is not worth jail time, fines or life, in any situation. Consequences for texting while driving are not just a simple slap on the wrist. You can’t just apologize for killing someone. When you put a person's life at risk you must face some sort of punishment. If driving rights are abused there must be consequences as a result. Most states are making texting while driving illegal altogether by steadily enacting laws to ban the use of cellphones and to restrict texting while driving. (Distraction.gov) Just in 2012 thirty-two states and the District of Columbia ban cell phone use by all drivers. In Obama’s opening remarks at the summit, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stated, “I want to remind everyone that we cannot rely on legal action alone, because in reality, you can’t legislate behavior … there aren’t enough police on patrol to catch everyone who’s breaking the law. Taking personal responsibility for our actions is the key to all of this.” On the final day of the summit, President Obama signed an executive order that banned texting while driving for all government employees.

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