The Problem Of Texting And Driving

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Is sending a single text message or reading a twitter feed more valuable than your life? Hopefully, the answer to that question is an instantaneous no. In a society that is rapidly growing more centered around technology, cell phone usage has become a major distraction for drivers, stealing their attention from the road and focusing it on typing a text or reading a Facebook post. The problem of texting and driving grows daily as cell phone usage is at an all time high and continues to grow. Studies have shown that the use of a cell phone while driving, whether texting or dialing a number for just a few seconds, is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as driving under the influence of alcohol (Source 2). As the number of collisions…show more content…
Therefore, the problem of texting and driving is a relatively new issue that has arisen around the world. Sending text messages is one of many functions that cell phones have. As technology develops and smart phones are becoming ever more prevalent, phones are introducing many more distractions to drivers beyond texting. Such distractions consist of checking Twitter or Facebook, playing games, browsing the web for the latest sports news, or sending an email to a coworker — the distractions are endless. Not to mention, the fact that cars are coming with built in Wi-Fi is in no way helping to focus the driver’s eyes on the road. This problem has began to creep into the court system of our country as there are numerous television commercials and roadside billboards for lawyers willing to represent victims of texting and driving related crashes. Very few strategies have been put in effect to prohibit texting and driving, but plans must be implemented soon to help save lives and reduce injuries from crashes caused by technologically impaired drivers. Many studies have been completed that focus on the effects of one’s driving ability while operating a mobile device. Some studies have shown that texting while driving can leave a driver more impaired than if they were to drive drunk, yet people continue to do it anyways. A study performed in a UK Transport Research Laboratory stated “texters’ reaction times deteriorated by
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