The parents of a popular 17-year-old who died on the first day of school are urging teen drivers to resist distracted driving after police confirmed Deianerah L. was texting when she crashed into the back of a school bus. Deianerah died shortly after the crash near Byron. It was the first and last day of her senior year. She crashed into the back of a bus. Ethan Hinton, 7, was exiting the bus at the time of the crash, and was knocked down by the impact, but the student was not seriously injured. "I got a terrible bruise, and she didn't make it," Hinton told FOX 9 News (Capacio and Beno). Evidence is growing in support of banning cell phones while driving. Obviously if you are texting, you are distracted and most likely driving recklessly. “Texting While¬ Driving is considered to be a form of reckless driving, which is defined as the unsafe or unlawful operation of a motor vehicle, which consists of the utilization of a cellular telephone whilst operating a motor vehicle” (http://car-accident.laws.com). Getting behind the wheel is a serious matter, even if you are going somewhere two minutes away. When you are driving and start texting, you are taking your eyes of the road for an average of five seconds. Five seconds can be all that separates you from safe arrival versus death. Texting is not the only distracting activity taking place. A sign or a license plate could catch your attention. This is only one of the sub topics of distracted driving. Accidents is one of the key
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In a local news station called KCTV5 they did a report on an accident caused by texting and driving and this is what happened, “A 16-year-old girl has been charged with manslaughter, assault and texting while driving in connection with a September 2011 fatality collision. It's a moment the young driver can never take back, and one prosecutors said could have been avoided if she'd just put down her phone.” This is just plain sad that a 16 year old girl’s life just ruined because she choose to text and drive. Texting and driving is a humongous debate in our society because of how many people do it. People die due to texting and driving every day. people can go to jail for texting and driving and you can hurt other people. Texting and driving is dangerous and should be enforced.
To investigate the dangers of texting while driving, a true experiment is needed to determine if texting is a cause of traffic accidents. A true experiment is thought to be the most accurate type of experimental research, and it is the only type that can establish a cause and effect relationship. Thus, a true experiment can find if texting is a cause that affects traffic accidents. To begin, the experiment will take place on a major road, located in an urban city because a large number of fatal traffic accidents occur in urban settings, when vehicles are traveling less than thirty miles per hour. Random assignment will be used to select participants, and place them into two equal groups, so the sample size is representative of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level. Random assignment helps eliminate bias between tech savvy teenagers and older adults, or the use of technology between different ethnicities, or income levels. The experiment will include a control and experimental group, and the manipulated variable is texting while driving. The control group will be instructed to drive through the mapped out course, without a cell phone present in the car. However, the experimental group will drive through the same course, with cell phones that are receiving text messages. The experimenters will have a camera in the car that helps them collect data from the both groups. Each driver will be evaluated on, the number of times they send a text message, the number of
The danger of texting and driving by teens as well as adults is very disturbing. As we do our investigation, both groups know they should not text and drive, however overwhelmingly they do so anyway, despite the danger it seems as if they cannot resist. We now know that texting while driving is not just a teenage problem it is a World Wide problem. Each day, an average of more than nine people is killed and more than 1,060 injured in crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the CDC. In 2011, 3,331 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver, up from 3,267 in 2010, according to the Department of Transportation.
In my opinion, texting while driving can end very badly. When you drive, nothing should be in the vehicle that can distract you from the road. In today’s society everyone owns a cell phone. In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers attempt to use their cell phone behind the wheel. Phones make it easy for us to stay connected with the media. But this is an issue if someone
As cell phones become more popular, texting while driving is becoming the most widely known cause for car accidents among teens. The alarming rate of incidents where texting is involved is getting more parents worried and warning their children about the danger of texting while driving. Parents are urging the fact that drivers should pay attention to the road and traffic, not their phones. A popular study of 18 to 24 year old drivers showed that 66 percent of them have texted while driving. Since texting while driving is becoming more popular many states are passing a law to ban the use of any cell phone device while in a vehicle. Texting while driving is an important issue that is causing many deaths and those who cause these deaths and
Though most people will argue that it does not impact them very much, texting and driving have very serious consequences that can change one’s life in just a split second. in today’s society Many teens, as wel as adults, have formed a habit of using their cell phones while driving their cars. It is distracting and the probability of getting involve in a car accident while driving are higher than if you are not. Even the government has realized this an ongoing problem that is causing accidents. In trying to prevent this, new laws have been passed, making the use of cell phones while operating a car, illegal. However, too many people do not respect this
This abruptly leads to 330,000 injuries a year. There has been endless deaths as a result of texting and driving; In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes according to Edgar Snyder & Associates law firm. Many people, especially teenagers don't fully grasp the danger they put themselves and others in. Sharon Heit, the mother of a texting and driving victim spoke out and exclaimed, "In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you." What she means by this, is that the risk of using your cellphone while driving is much greater than the benefits. One slight mistake and without warning, you can end yours or somebody else's
We often do things in our everyday life without thinking about what could happen. We take our daily life activities for granted such as driving. On a daily basis we all ride in or drive cars. If we didn’t learn to drive correctly then we would put our life in danger along with everyone else's on the road or in the same car as us. Teenagers don't think of the possibilities that could happen while driving.
Nowadays, it is common to spot people operating their vehicle while texting on their cell phone, many drivers across the globe engage in this action without thinking about the detrimental effects it could have to themselves and the people around them. A person is not able to focus on the actions of texting and driving at once, by texting one's mind is completely straying from the driving task, making them physically unable to do so, also many people have solemnly admitted to using their device while behind the wheel but their knowledge towards the outcomes of texting and driving were meager. Not only does texting distract the mind from paying attention to operating the vehicle, but there is simply no way to avoid a crash when doing so, the
It seems as if every day, the news airs a breaking news story about an accident caused by texting and driving, and later shows an organization commercial stating the statistics and advising not to use any devices while driving. Texting and driving can be even more harmful than driving under the influence because while on our phones we focus on what we are commenting and texting that of which takes away the full attention we should have on the road, causing harm to not only ourselves but also those around us or inside the car with us.
According to Table 2, entitled “Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes by Age, Distraction, and Cell Phone Use in 2013”, completed by the United States Department of Transportation and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration- reflect the high numbers of fatalities in the age group of 20-29. The percent of drivers, on their cell phones, in this age group is 20-38%, which is the highest out of all age groups. In another shows that 14% of distracted drivers are on the phone. Also 14% of crashes and fatalities are caused by texting drivers. Another article, “Facts and Statistics”, issued by the United States Department of Transportation and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows the death rates and crash rates in 2014. In 2014 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in a car crash caused by a driver that was texting. Most of the drivers in these crashes were between the ages of 15 and 19. The percent of drivers texting went up from 1.7% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014. With this there are many ways to prevent deaths and
Texting and driving was a very dangerous activity that many people got in bad accidents from. In the year 2014, 3,179 people were killed in car accidents caused by texting and driving. That was many broken families that could not be fixed. In December 2014, 169.3 billion text messages were sent while driving every month. That was about two messages sent for every person. In fact, 10% of drivers ages 15-19 were involved in a fatal crash that same year. During the day approximately 660,000 drivers were using an electrical device while driving. That was many lives at risk. One-third of drivers admitted to texting and driving and three-fourths admitted to seeing it happen. Every 12 minutes, one person was killed in a car crash. Similarly, every
In the newspaper and television news cast people see the devastation that a teenager recently died in a car accident due to the fact they were texting their best friend. This moment is very depressing to all of teens friends and families. If only he or she was not texting and waited to text them at a stop light or when they arrived at their destination. With the advancements of technology in the world cars are trying to prevent these such actions but everyone finds a way to text that certain someone back. Texting however is not the only negative to driving. Many young adults drive under the influence of alcohol. Even though there are laws for driving under such conditions the young adult still continues to break the law. These are two examples of horrific actions behind the wheel of a vehicle. Texting behind the wheel put the driver in a condition where they are not looking at the road. While drinking and driving delays the reaction time of the driver. Both of these situations are dangerous distractions for the driver and can result in an accident or even death.
Texting and driving can be extrememely dangerous and has become a significant problem due to the vast number of deaths, particularly in teenage drivers. In Brevard County, the most common factors contributing to the increasing amount of deaths while driving a motor vehicle is inexperience and immaturity (mainly young adults), poor choices such as drug use and alcohol, and distractions like cell phone use. Technology such as cell phones and computers have become a necessity for people, mostly teens, in this generation as a way to communicate with others. Texting has developed as a social norm ever since the 21st century began, many teens use their cell phones in everyday life; therefore, it has also become very common and normal for teens to text and drive. According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in 2010, 59% of teenage passenger deaths occurred in vehicles driven by another teen, 17% of teenage deaths occured between 9pm and midnight and 25% between midnight and 6am, and 55% occurred from Friday-Sunday (“Teen Driver Programs,” 2017). Due to the fact that most of the drivers that are getting into these accidents are teenagers, the areas that have the most risk are school zones and school crossings. These distracted teenagers effect not only their safety, but the safety of people around them. Texting while driving is the same as driving blind for five seconds, it makes you twenty
Unaware surroundings: if you are texting while driving you will not be able to see what is going on around you. You can look down at your phone look back up and you would be on the other side of the road, or there could be a turn ahead that you didn't know about and you can just keep going straight and go right off the road. Texting while driving is a major distraction while your driving. It doesn't even have to be your phone that can distract you. Your friends could be trying to show you something while you are driving and you can look down at it for just a second and look back up and something bad could about happen. Cellphones are a huge distraction while you are driving and the more you text while driving the more likely you will get in a car accident in the future. You would be better off not texting while driving and pay attention to your surroundings so your not putting your life or others lives in danger.