The Worst Decision : Texting and Driving

by Emily Choiniere on October 11, 2012 - 7:38pm

The worst decision a person can make is to text and drive. In my opinion it is always immoral to kill innocent people. That's why I believe it is immoral that people text and drive. It is selfish because it kills many innocent people other than the driver that makes the bad decision, to text and drive. This article discusses the danger of texting and driving.  

 

The article explains that even though most Quebecers claim to think that texting and driving is wrong, a good percentage of people still do it anyway. People need to realize that as tempting as it may be to answer a text message when their phone goes off, the right thing to do is think of the safety of others and not answer it. Answering a text message can be the difference between life and death.

The other article that I looked over is also explains the danger of texting and driving. It explains that of all distracted driving texting is the worst. 

Works Cited

Dougherty, Kevin. “Texting-while-driving awareness campaign planned.” Montreal Gazette October 1 2012.

 "Don't Text, Or Drink, Behind The Wheel." Industrial Engineer: IE 42.5 (2010): 14. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Oct. 2012.

Comments

I believe that texting and driving is a big issue, especially here in the United States. I truly believe that texting and driving is a selfish decision. Texting has become second nature to most people. Many people today are carless and do not think anything of texting while driving. In New York State, texting while driving is illegal, but it is hard to enforce. I think that all we can do to help prevent people from texting and driving is to better educate them more about the consequences of their actions and/or raise the level of punishment. Maybe in the future cars will come equipped with a device that will disable cell phone usage when the vehicle is in motion. In addition, I do not understand why people cannot wait to text until they reach a destination and if they really have to send that text, why they can’t pull over.

I totally agree that killing innocent people is immoral, and I feel that texting while driving is just one way to do this. Not only can this action kill others, but the person texting and driving too. I could not live with myself if I killed a person from texting and driving, especially if it was a family with children. My parents have raised me to be responsible, make good decisions, and have taught me that texting while driving is wrong. I came to better understand this when I experienced firsthand the results of texting and driving. On the way to take my mother to the airport, we were run off the road because someone texting while driving came into our lane head on. Luckily no one was hurt, but it was very frightening going into the ditch and rolling up on our side. As a senior in high school and an officer in Student Council, we asked other students to sign a pledge vowing to not text and drive. Hopefully these students that did sign will live up to their promises. Below I have provided you with an article that I think will provide you with useful information about this topic.

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500163_162-5274193.html

In 2007, before texting and driving was banned, five cheerleaders were killed near my hometown.  This tragedy was felt across the country and something that I will never forget. Texting and driving is still an issue that concerns me because it is something that my friends and I continue to be guilty of. Although, there have been many methods to educate the seriousness of the issue, we still continue to give in to the desire. A preventive method using the scare tactic was done while I was a senior in high school consisting of a dramatization with blood, medical helicopter, and ambulances. Although scary, it was only scary for about a day. Even though a ban has been created to reduce texting and driving the amount of tickets written are few compared to the true epidemic of it. I, personally, do not know one person that has ever received a ticket for texting and driving.

The message to not text and drive is rampant on television, billboards and talked about in every school district across the county. Yet, real results will only be seen if it is actually enforced by the people hired to enforce the law. By enforcing the law, I mean actually giving a ticket for texting behind the wheel.  Make the ticket fine be painful to the driver’s wallet. For example, a $5,000 fine for the first offense would be more effective than a poster or lecture. The laws for texting and driving must be made stiffer and strictly ENFORCED to see true results.

 http://www.pta.org/3585.htm
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20070628/NEWS01/706280349/-Hearts-broken-Crash-kills-5-Fairport-07-graduates

I think this a great idea for a topic to write about. It is a serious issue in which we see the consequences of all the time. It makes me upset because when I am in the car with my friends almost all of them text and drive, like you said it is not only a danger to myself and my friend but also to all the other drivers around us. This is an issue that needs a lot of attention to make sure that something is done to stop people from texting and driving.

Although laws have been put in place to keep people from texting and driving, they clearly dont work for everyone. Theres multiple times I have even seen police officers texting on their phones while driving. The one solution I can think of that I think will really help is already being put into place. I dont know if they have them where you live but I have seen new commercials depicting a victim of a texting and driving accident talking about how a few words changed their lives forever. These effected me very seriously, to be honest, I used to text and drive but when I saw these commercials I completley stopped and will not do it again.

Sadly enough this issue has very strongly affected my community. I am originally from a small suburb of Rochester, New York called East Rochester. One of our neighboring villages is called Fairport, they were actually our rivals in highschool. However, myself and others had a lot of friendships with people in Fairport. One day when I woke up I saw a story on the news of 5 Fairport girls who had died in an accident due to texting. They were able to figure out that this was the cause because a text was sent from the driver at the time of the crash. What happened was the driver of the car was texting and swerved into the other lane into on coming traffic, her SUV hit an eighteen wheeler head on and all 5 girls died. I will not go into more detail about the crash here because I do not believe it to be appropriate. The death of these girls affected my community very greatly, my boyfriend at the time and my best friend knew the girls and attended a candle light service for them where many people from Fairport and the surounding area gathered to mourn in our loss. This was years ago and to this day I still see bumper stickers for them on peoples cars. They call them the Fairport Angels. This loss affected my community greatly, many reported that they would never text and drive again. If anything good could come of this it is that theres has been widespread acknowledgement of this accident and the issue of texting while driving. I heard Tyra Banks mention the 5 girls on her show one day, on and episode about the dangers of texting and driving. The 5 girls were also mentioned in a psychology book I read outside of school.

I feel it is appropriate to leave the link of the news articles about these girls from Fairport.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20070628/NEWS01/706280349/-H...

Texting while driving has resulted in many innocent lives being ended. I agree that it is one of the worst decisions that can be made while driving because you may result in killing yourself, passengers and others in other vehicles. Being raised in such a media impacted world I think that many people know that texting and driving is very dangerous. There are commercials, ads, billboards, articles, etc. that are all over the internet, magazines, televisions and towns that show the impact of this issue. I agree that many people know not to do it but still do. Until a crash happens to you or a loved one I think people tend to brush it off like nothing will happen to them.

 I believe that if younger generations become more aware of how harmful texting while driving is then the result of fatalities will lower. Since our generation is so technological texting, calling, playing games, checking emails, etc. are all things that most people check every hour whether they realize it or not. Cell phone usage has become almost second nature to people of our generation and answering a text or call right away is normal in our society. I have found the new commercials that show how fatal this can be have made me stop texting and driving. They show a person talking about their loved one showing a text they were half way done writing when they crashed and were killed on impact. I think if more teens said to their friends “Stop texting that’s not cool” more people would stop because being popular and cool is something every teen strives for. All it takes it to ask someone to put the phone down to help spread the word to end this issue. I believe that if the media continues showing ads and things like the commercial then our generation and future generations will begin to stop texting and driving helping to end this terrible issue.

           

http://www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org/#facts

This website is an organization called Stop Texts Stop Wrecks which tells facts, shows videos and talks about how to influence people to stop texting and driving and to save innocent lives.

I completely agree that texting and driving is a very dangerous thing. Most of the time, it kills the people that are innocent, and the people who are actually committing the crime come out of the accident alive. Here inNew YorkState, there are many instances that there have been car accidents involving two or more vehicles, or even just one vehicle crashing into poles or running of the side of the road due to paying attention to texting others rather than having their main focus on the road and traffic around them.


Our generation has grown up with the use of cell phones, and hardly anyone our age has grown up without texting. This makes it hard to give up a little bit of our time to stop texting. Many can say texting has become addicting to youths and adults everywhere. People need to understand that texting and driving simultaneously not only puts yourself in danger, but also every single car that you drive by. What if you were texting while driving and hit a car with young toddlers in the backseat? I personally would never be able to forgive myself for killing innocent people. And I can honestly say, that I have never texted while I was driving before.


Below is a website that has texting while driving facts and information that I believe would be very useful to your blog.


 http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html

Texting while driving; Yes I definitely agree it is the worst decision ever. It’s so hard to believe that something this terrible is almost impossible to totally prevent. Even though there are laws here in New York that say you will be charged severely if found to be texting at the wheel, it cannot fully be enforced every day. I believe the worst part of texting and driving is the fact that many people may get into or cause accidents, and sometimes only the person/people in the other vehicle involved pass, while the person texting walks away with nothing but guilt.  It is sad because just pleading people not to partake in this action won’t work, and only real life experiences will make people think twice. This problem reminds me a lot of the issue of people drinking and driving, and then killing innocent people. It is sadly similar in how one bad decision can lead to one of the worst things that can happen.

My background, and experiences in life a have made my view on this drastically heighten. My school held a live scenario of what an accident from texting and driving looked like. All the upperclassmen attended this, outside behind our school. The local police and fire department helped in making it look real. They had an already crashed car when we got to the scene, real ambulances came, police cars, and even investigators. There were 3 boys in the car, and had to remove them with an actual “claw”. The driver survived, while his one friend died, and other was seriously injured. It felt like real life, while we just stood and watched what one text message could do to people. My school also had everyone sign a pledge that we would text and drive. I hear teachers telling students not to do so every day. Our community is very active in getting everyone to understand what a horrible issue this is, and the only person who can control it is you. Above and below, I have provided a link that tells about the law against the usage of a cellphone in the act of texting while driving, and can be used as a great addition to your blog.

http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/21312Texting-While-Driving

I fully agree with what Emily Choiniere has to say about texting and driving. It is absolutely immoral to put others’ lives at risk by picking up your cell phone and answering a text message. I think that although Emily agrees that this is wrong she could have gone a little more into depth about the topic. Everything that she said was great but I think she could have branched off a little bit more and maybe given some examples of the fatality associated with texting and driving. A solution to this issue would be to make it illegal, which it already is. Although illegal people still overlook the law and do it anyways. I think that it should be mandatory to have to watch a video on the consequences of texting and driving so that people will understand better about what it can do to you rather than just think of it as another law.

            Throughout my lifetime as a teen my parents always told me that texting and driving is bad, and just like most other teenagers would do I did not listen to them. I just thought “I’m a good enough driver; I can handle this without hurting anyone.” My perspective on texting and driving was dangerous and after I heard what happened to my close friend and best friend’s cousin, this perspective quickly changed. When I was a junior in high school I got the news that Nick had been killed by a drunk driver. The first thought that went through my mind was “How could someone be so selfish that they took his life because of a text message.” Because of this event, Nick’s father traveled around to high schools all over New York to try to reinforce that texting and driving is wrong. He shows videos and travels as a guest speaker to share his horrifying story about the loss of his son. After hearing about this and listening to his story I decided that texting and driving is immoral. This event was devastating to my town and every year in my school we now have a week of texting and driving prevention.

For more information on texting and driving:

http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/

I agree with what you have said about texting and driving. Purposely looking away from the road, even if it is for a slight second, puts not only your life in danger but everyone anywhere around you in danger as well. A great deal of people text and drive and don’t mean to endanger others but not paying attention to the road for a split second can ruin thousands of lives if it ends with a crash. Texting while operating a motor vehicle is very hazardous and for what? To answer a text when it could have waited 5 more minutes? Think about anyone that you are close to and if someone selfishly took their life away because they weren’t paying attention to the road. No one wants to lose someone close to them to leave so why take the chance?

I personally have not been effected by someone texting and driving but my father received a D.U.I. which is the same idea because your perception and attention to the road is altered just as it is when you text.  He could have easily veered off the road and taken not only his life but anyone who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time around him. That opened my eyes to other perspectives and how others may see how dangerous that is. I never do anything purposely to endanger those around me.  Not paying attention while driving can affect thousands of people because not only the people driving are affected but everyone that they knew was also affected.  We need to think twice before we pick up the phone because that could be the last thing you and possibly other people look at.

This article shows statistically how fatalities among distracted drives have increased over the years and the suspected cause is texting. It could help give your argument more support and be more informative.

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I was mainly drawn to your post at first by the title. I found it to be concise yet powerful. Upon reading your post on this article and reading the article myself, I must say you reviewed and explained the article well. I too, believe that texting and driving is one of the worst things that anyone can do. Texting and driving is a problem here in the USA too. If you expand upon this issue further I would be interested to see what statistical data you could find to concretely show people that not only is texting and driving a form of ignoring the respect of others right to life but the act itself is causally responsible for many deaths. This is a large issue in most societies and I'm glad to see that you are bringing it even more attention, from a student perspective. The article you referenced mentioned a campaign in Canada to prevent people from texting and driving, I found the premise of the ads to be very impactful. I think more needs to be done about this issue than just media campaigns. It should be a mandatory component of driver education classes and there should much stricter penalties for any and all offenders. A High School not far from where I'm from partnered with a cell phone company and had a day for students to pledge against texting and driving, here is a link to a news article covering it, http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=334101&position=1&news_type=news. The ide behing this campaign may prove to be helpful in the effort to stop texting and driving.

I am a volunteer Firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician where I live, in the town of Rockland County, NY, which is a suburban area about 30 minutes North of New York City. I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of texting and driving. One of the most pivotal experiences for me was assisting in the extrication (removal from a vehicle) and caring for a 4 1/2 year old girl who was in the back seat of the car when her mother crashed into a tree due to texting. The mother had barely a scratch on her own body, however we rushed her daughter to the emergency room after freeing her from her mangled car-seat. The child only regained consciousness for a few seconds long enough to ask 'what happened'? None of us in the ambulance could bring ourselves to tell this innocent child that the reason she was in so much pain and so frightened was because of her own mom. That experience has lasted in my memory and I will think of how fragile and broken that little girl was every time I have the urge to look at a text while I'm behind the wheel. While not everyone has the same background as I do, I try my best to educate my friends about the dangers using examples of what I, and many emergency service providers see every day. I still believe that no matter ones experiences, they should never text and drive under any circumstance, it's just not worth the risk.

I really liked your comment.

Here in Quebec everyone has to do a year of driver eductation, and part of it does explain the dangers of texting and driving. The sad thing is that some people just don't seem to get it, they somehow believe that they are different and they can do it without hurting anyone. 

Your story about the four year old girl nearly brought tears to my eyes. I find it so sad that her mother would put texting before her daughter's safety. It really breaks my heart that such young child has to suffer the consequences of her mother's bad choice. 

I was mainly drawn to your post at first by the title. I found it to be concise yet powerful. Upon reading your post on this article and reading the article myself, I must say you reviewed and explained the article well. I too, believe that texting and driving is one of the worst things that anyone can do. Texting and driving is a problem here in the USA too. If you expand upon this issue further I would be interested to see what statistical data you could find to concretely show people that not only is texting and driving a form of ignoring the respect of others right to life but the act itself is causally responsible for many deaths. This is a large issue in most societies and I'm glad to see that you are bringing it even more attention, from a student perspective. The article you referenced mentioned a campaign in Canada to prevent people from texting and driving, I found the premise of the ads to be very impactful. I think more needs to be done about this issue than just media campaigns. It should be a mandatory component of driver education classes and there should much stricter penalties for any and all offenders. A High School not far from where I'm from partnered with a cell phone company and had a day for students to pledge against texting and driving, here is a link to a news article covering it, http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=334101&position=1&news_type=news. The idea behind this campaign may prove to be helpful in the effort to stop texting and driving.

I am a volunteer Firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician where I live, in the town of Rockland County, NY, which is a suburban area about 30 minutes North of New York City. I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of texting and driving. One of the most pivotal experiences for me was assisting in the extrication (removal from a vehicle) and caring for a 4 1/2 year old girl who was in the back seat of the car when her mother crashed into a tree due to texting. The mother had barely a scratch on her own body, however we rushed her daughter to the emergency room after freeing her from her mangled car-seat. The child only regained consciousness for a few seconds long enough to ask 'what happened'? None of us in the ambulance could bring ourselves to tell this innocent child that the reason she was in so much pain and so frightened was because of her own mom. That experience has lasted in my memory and I will think of how fragile and broken that little girl was every time I have the urge to look at a text while I'm behind the wheel. While not everyone has the same background as I do, I try my best to educate my friends about the dangers using examples of what I, and many emergency service providers see every day. I still believe that no matter ones experiences, they should never text and drive under any circumstance, it's just not worth the risk.

            I agree that texting and driving is incredibly dangerous to all those on the road. I like that instead of just focusing on the danger of the people in the car, you also talk about how everyone on the road is at risk of losing their life.

            I have seen many people text and drive. I have been in cars where the driver texts and drives. This never really bothered me until last year. My school brought in an AT&T representative as well as a Monroe County sheriff. They talked about how terrible texting and driving is. Words aren’t always effective, but seeing is believing. The representative showed videos of people who were in some way affected by texting and driving. It was family members who lost someone to a texting and driving accident. There was even one person who hit and killed a bicyclist while they were texting and driving. It really drove the message home. This link might provide some helpful info.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/technology/att-chief-speaks-out-on-texting-while-driving.html?_r=0

Texting and Driving Definitely NOT a Good Idea!

I completely agree with you! Personally I strongly believe that texting and riving is one of the worst things you could do, especially as a driver. Texting while driving is serious and I think that is most of the problem. People don’t necessarily realize that texting while driving is just as bad, if not worse then driving drunk. I mean students get taught not to text and drive, they even see footage of crashes or accidents that happen because of texting and driving. However the same students that sit through those video’s still grab their phone when they are driving.

From my personal experiences I can tell you that I have had my share of temptations. I have gotten texts while driving, and even if it is an “important” text I never touch my phone because the consequences are too high. A person’s life is at stake every time you pick up the phone while driving, and that life could even be yours! Too many times have I herd my parents say, “don’t text and drive,” but you know what I’m glad they harp on it because otherwise it is easy just to give in to the peer pressure of answering the text.

I think some ways to fix this problem is that when you get in a car and you are driving, put your phone away (in the backseat or somewhere you can’t reach). Personally when my friends are driving and they go for their phones I stop them and offer to text the person back, while the driver verbally tells me what they want said. I never let my friend’s text and drive, and other people shouldn’t let their friends either, it just puts you and the driver as well as a lot of innocent people at risk.

An interesting article that I thought would provide you with some helpful information or ideas is an article called “Mindless Predicts Less Texting While Driving among Young Adults: Examining Attention- and Emotion- Regulation Motives as Potential mediators,” by Greg Feldman, Jeff Greeson, Megan Renna, and Kendra Robbins-Monteith. This article shines the light on how emotionally we are torn to look at our texts while driving, and I think that is so true. There’s so much pressure that we ut on ourselves sometimes. Fore example if a guy texts a girl and they girl really likes him, and he texts her while she is driving, she will be pressured to text back. This is so because the girl wants the guy to know that she likes him and wants to respond quickly. So I think this article opens up a whole new door to explore about our emotions and answering texts while driving. 

Works Cited:

Computers in Human Behavior; Nov2012, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p2083-2090, 8p 

This is very interesting. Texting and driving is not only a problem in Canada but also in the US. I completely agree with your blog. It can be inferred that texting and driving is becoming a major problem not in just one country but in all modernized countries. The cell phone has created a world of valuing “now” and “instant”. People don’t like to wait anymore, patients has become a rare feature in people. The leading cause of death in the US for college students is car collisions.

            I must practice what I preach though. I’m a delivery boy for a pizzeria my job consists of me driving everywhere. I text while I drive all the time. It’s a bad habit I got into. My mom and dad always reprimand me when they catch me texting. There are many groups trying to promote safer alternatives in the US. I personally know a friend that killer a person while texting. My hometown is deeply effected by texting and driving. Its generally looked down upon to text and drive yet people still do it.

 This might provide you helpful information.

http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/2009/TextingDriving.htm

Emily, in response to your blog I completely agree with you that texting while driving is the worst decision a person can make. Also yes it is certainly immoral to kill innocent people. Texting requires your full attention, and contrary to popular belief it is impossible to focus fully on any two activities at once. Driving is a high risk activity and the majority of us drive daily, you may be a good driver but you don’t know who else is on the road, and the bigger the car the more dangerous. Texting is an activity, we must focus on the screen of the cell phone, focus on which letter we are trying to type, and focus on what exactly we are saying in the text; this is communication.

                I have researched an article that further supports the stance that texting while driving is a terrible idea. The article is about a teen who received jail time for a texting-while-driving death.  Aaron Deveau from Massachusetts was convicted of vehicular homicide, and motor vehicle’s negligent operation.  Every texting while driving incident can result in extremely terrible events, and in this case the death of a man from New Hampshire. I advocate for law change and that the government needs to take this ever-growing issue more seriously.

                Here is a link to the article, please take a look, and good luck with your continued blogging. Jesse Fallesen.

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Since the legal age for driving is 16 in Quebec, those who do can be viewed as autonomous beings, given that they make the choice to drive and exhibit a competence and an authenticity when doing so under normal circumstances. Based on this, it is their choice as moral agents to respond to texts while driving and thus they should be held responsible for any incident that occurs in doing so. That being said, they aren’t necessarily the only people who can be held accountable for such things. Recently, in New Jersey, there was a case where a girl was charged for knowingly texting her friend who was driving, causing an accident. Doing so is encouraging them to not pay attention while behind the while, and therefore makes them equally responsible for any damages that ensue.