The Dangers Of Banning Texting And Driving

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Damarion Murry Mrs. Brooks English 1301 12/3/2017 Ban Texting Texting and Driving is a huge issue all across of America. According to NCBI, “Cellphones and the practice of sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel was responsible for 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries in the United States in 2014 alone”(Official, 2016) Unfortunately, these numbers are bound to rise unless texting and driving is banned in every state in America. Banning texting and driving can reduce the amount of which would obviously make our roads in America a little safer. According to springer Link, “In commercial vehicles, texting on a cell phone was associated with a higher risk of a crash safety critical event, such as near-collision or unintentional lane deviation” (Olson.2009). Swerving of your own lane from being distracted and especially in a commercial vehicle is clearly a huge problem for everyone on the road. Also the New England Journal of Medicine states that “Performance of a secondary task can increase the risk of a crash because it is cognitively demanding (preventing the driver from devoting full attention to driving) and because it takes the driver’s eyes off the road ahead so he or she can’t see and respond to unexpected hazards” (McWilliams, 2017) Needless to say, car crashes are usually caused by someone being distracted, which is most likely texting. In addition, texting and driving can be dangerous to you and the people around you while you’re driving. The normal text message involves you looking at your phone for almost five seconds, which is enough time to drive the length of a football field. Texting and driving can be compared as being under the influence which is illegal in America. According to NCBI, “ Studies comparing the reaction times of drivers using cell phones to drivers under the influence have shown that using a cell phone is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.8, which is legally drunk un many states” (Strayer,2006). Death is another key point to why texting and driving should be outlawed in America. According to Central Space, ‘In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association announced 10% of the total 32,675 people who died on United States Highways was due to
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