Distracted Driving: Some Lessons From Prevention Of Drinking And Driving

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Distracted driving has become an epidemic in South Dakota and many other states, causing countless preventable deaths and a lifetime of consequences for one poor decision. Teens need to be reached early in the process of their driving education because if healthy driving habits are established early, driving safe will become natural and the culture of driving without distractions will be normal. Instead, the current culture of multi-tasking while driving is considered an average day behind the wheel. In order to decrease the amount of drinking and driving, more programs should be established that encourage people who have been drinking to ride passenger, such as Uber or public transportation. There should also be more police checkpoints to …show more content…
According to the article, Reducing Intoxication Among Bar Patrons: Some Lessons from Prevention of Drinking and Driving, driving under the influence decreases drastically when there is a clear definition of a violation, there is unbiased enforcement, and a perceived risk of punishment (Graham et. al, 2014). Roadside checkpoints and random breath tests both follow the criteria. The article discusses that drivers whom fear repercussions are much less likely to drink and drive. This fear stems from a greater prevalence of random checks across the nation, in every town (Graham et. al, 2014). Imagine a random checkpoint stop in a college town on a Friday night. This checkpoint would certainly target the audience of young adults and induce fear that would deter people from drinking and …show more content…
Since this is such a new habit, there is not a lot of statistical information present showing the effects of interventions, but it is still vital to make the change now. Texting and driving is much like the drinking and driving epidemic and should be treated as such. The article Learning from the Past to Improve the Future: Taking a Lesson from America 's Drunk Driving Dilemma to Cure the Current Texting While Driving Epidemic suggests addressing the drunk driving issue will decrease the amount of texting and driving because the actions go hand in hand (Williams, 2015). Currently, there is not much federal regulation that deals with texting and driving, only state-wide. National legislation needs to be passed that prohibits texting and driving, just like there are federal laws against driving under the influence of drugs and

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