Distracted Driving Is A Deadly Behavior Essay

829 Words Mar 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Discouraging Distracted Driving Distracted driving is a deadly behavior. Federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year. (Stop Texts, Stop Wrecks) As citizens of the United States we need to do better at helping keep this country a safer place and one important way to do that is to discouraging distracted driving. We don’t need to be texting, calling, changing music or doing anything else like that. We need to be focus on the task at hang, which is driving. According to the AAA “distraction "latency" lasts an average of 27 seconds, meaning that, even after drivers put down the phone or stop fiddling with the navigation system, drivers aren 't fully engaged with the driving task.” (Distracted Driving 2016) The problem with distracted driving is the fact that in 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. (Stop Texts, Stop Wrecks) The problem that has been created is the fact that adults and children aren’t able to put down their phones while they are driving whether it be to work, or to school, or when they go on vacation. That is one of the hardest things for people to do because they need to stay connected to the world as much as possible. They can only do that when they are on their phones. If teenagers continue to text and drive the number of accidents that happen because of distracted driving will…

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