The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Distracted driving alone has claimed around 3,500 lives in the year 2015 (Currin, Andrew). These numbers have increased throughout the last decade causing people to take notice. Texting while driving is the leading cause of distracted driving deaths in the United States. In the last seven years, states across the U.S. have banned texting and driving in efforts to stop fatal accidents that have claimed so many lives. The focus of this is piece is to understand the dangers of texting and driving, the direct impact it has on New Hampshire citizens and the efforts that states across the country are making to prevent these deadly accidents.
By definition, distracted driving is “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including
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Statistics show that at least nine people are killed a day due to distracted driving and more than 1,000 people are injured a day due to distracted driving (“Texting and Driving”). “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” (“The Dangers of Distracted Driving”). This technological phenomenon has carried over into every aspect of American’s lives that if one is not connected, that individual has a feeling of no longer being society. This causes people to text and drive in order to feel socially connected to society at all times. It is a common misconception that teenagers and young adults are at fault and to blame for the increased cell phone use on the roads. Studies show that out of all the age groups, people ages 65+ have been pulled over for texting and driving 14.4% more than any other age group. Whereas, young adults, ages 18-24, make up only 4.1% of the population pulled over for texting and driving, the lowest out of all age brackets (Morrow, William). That urge and feeling to pick up devices has hit closer to home in the state of New Hampshire.
“Deaths on New Hampshire roads and highways during the first six months of 2016 were 61 percent higher than in the first six months of either 2015 or 2014” (Brooks, Andrew). “According to the texting

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