The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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There are problems and issues in every community every day. One issue that is becoming exceedingly threatening, and more of an epidemic than a bad habit, is distracted driving. Texting and driving specifically, immediately endangers yourself and anybody around you. Besides texting and talking on the phone, other distractions include eating or drinking, looking at maps, changing the radio, grooming, etc. Next time you are able to watch people driving, notice what they’re doing. I’ve noticed that often times, especially on the freeway, people are doing everything except driving. It’s almost as if they see it as a mundane task that doesn’t require their undivided attention. Texting and driving has been, and is becoming more and more common, as well as dangerous. Each second your eyes are off the road is making you increasingly likely to be involved in, or probably cause, an accident. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, there are three forms of distractions while driving: Cognitive, physical, and visual. Dialing a cell phone makes you 2.8x more at risk, talking or listening at 1.3x, and reaching for the device at 1.4x. Additionally, texting and driving can make you at least 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision. The statistics of fatalities due to auto-related accidents (primarily distracted driving) are rather sobering. In 2011, there were just over 32,000 fatal car accidents (NHTSA, 2012). Of those 32,000, cell phones caused 23%, and just

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