Distracted Driving: Is one text really worth all of the consequences?
by lszko1 on September 13, 2013 - 11:39am
The Article, “Distracted Driving: Fast Lane to Disaster” that was published in May 2012, talks about how there is a recent rise in distracted driving because of the new digital age (cell phones, texting, navigational devices). More common now then ever people are texting/talking on the phone while driving. Distracted driving has always been an issue because people eat, drink, brush their hair, put on their makeup, check a map, change the radio station, etc., but the digital age has totally blown it out of proportion and multiplied the hazards. The Author expresses that drivers are now even more distracted with the technologies available to them.
According to the article, more than 15 Americans are killed, and more than 1,200 are injured in car crashes that involve distracted drivers each day. This is significant because it shows that distracted driving is a colossal issue in American lives. People are effected everyday by it and every person should become educated because it is a very preventable issue. Texting is a way of life now a days and most people can’t stand to go more than five or ten minutes with out looking at their phone. They have the urgency to text something, tweet something, check their e-mails, or whatever it may be and apparently it’s too hard for them to just wait until they are finished driving. But the act of waiting to send one simple, unimportant message isn’t that difficult and it could potentially save someone’s life. The article states that, “Texting is the most dangerous form of distracted driving; drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash than non distracted drivers.” This is very shocking to me because I knew the risks were high but I didn’t think they were that drastic. Also, they state that many states have enacted laws to stop the use of mobile communication devices while driving, but enforcement is very hard. In my opinion, consequences of drivers who get caught texting and driving should be severe because the issue is so important. So, as the temptation to text/talk on the phone while driving is very strong, we should all resist the urge so that we are able to stop this on-going issue.
“Distracted Driving: Fast Lane to Disaster”. (2012, May). Harvard Men’s Health Watch, 6-7
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