Don’t Text and Drive!
Written by: Ava Brennan
Texting and driving is a big problem in the U.S. and all around the world. Society should find a way to implement more laws to prevent texting and driving. In 2011 23 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones. In 2013 26 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones. Additionally the percentage has been increasing.
Due to texting and driving every year there are about 1,600,000 car accidents in which 3,000 people die, and 330,000 people are injured. In addition to this, on average, eleven teenagers die in the U.S. alone because of texting and driving everyday. Obviously, these have a huge impact on their loved ones. It can not only affect the driver but it can harm other people in other vehicles, therefore causing a ripple effect. Not only do teenagers put their lives at a risk, but so do adults simply because of texting and driving. When asked, 48 percent of teenagers state that they have seen their parents on their cell phones while driving. Often, parents tell kids that it is not okay to text and drive, and yet are guilty of it themselves.
Texting and driving is very dangerous and is about six times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. It is also the same thing as driving after drinking four beers. Texting and driving makes you twenty-three times more likely to crash and can cause serious injuries that could affect your body for the rest of your life. There is a 400 percent increase of crashing with eyes off the road, and it slows your brake’s reaction speed by 18 percent. If a person is traveling fifty-five miles per hour, this equals to driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. This is a very long distance!
Texting and driving is a social issue, and it can be ameliorated. In the U.S. thirty-two states prohibit novice drivers from cell phone use. However, this is not the case in the state of Texas. Research stated that texting bans don’t reduce crashes but effects are slight crashing increases. So far, Texas has banned the use of handheld phones and texting in school zones. The Texas state laws have also banned texting for novice drivers, which is known to be a “Primary Law.”
If people start to put their phones on silent, do not disturb, or drive mode, then it will most likely, reduce the risk of accidents. As a matter of fact, some cell phone companies (such as Android and Samsung) have already begun introducing “Drive Mode” to their new models of smart phones. Accidents could be prevented if drivers would wait until they are at their final destination to look at their phone, or at least wait to look at smart phones at stop lights . There are many campaigns that have been launched in the U.S. to help raise awareness of the dangers mentioned above. For all the conveniences that have come from the age of information and smart phones, there are also many tragedies from the feeling of needing to be informed immediately. It’s one of the ironies of this problem. If you just decrease the texts, you can decrease the wrecks!