Distracted Driving: The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Did you know that according to “Injury Prevention and Control” that more than 9 people are

killed in a car crash every single day and more than 1,153 people are injured in the U.S. because

of car crashes involved with distracted driving? What exactly is distractive driving? Distractive

driving is doing anything to take your eyes away from the road and not focusing on driving the

vehicle. Such as using a cell phone, texting, eating, using a GPS, etc. Car crashes are terrifying!

Why would someone want to risk getting hurt or possibly being killed, all because their eyes

weren’t focused on the road? Keep the eyes on the road, know your surroundings and what’s

going on around the vehicle, and help stop others from distracted driving
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All distractions can be dangerous, but much of the focus is on texting and driving. Almost

everyone can agree that texting and driving is dangerous, but people do it anyways. A new

survey says that 98% of people who can drive, own cell phones, and text regularly said that

they’re aware of the dangers. Even though there’s laws against it, still three quarters of
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Texting while you are driving is not something anyone should attempt to do. It will end in bad

consequences. If someone is texting, their eyes are not focused on the road for at least 5 seconds,

if not more. If someone is driving at 55 mph, this would equal the driving length of a football

field without looking at the road. Texting and Driving is a growing trend and a national

epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers. Drivers just assume that they can

handle texting while they’re driving safely, but the numbers don’t lie. There’s 1,600,000

accidents per year, 330,000 injuries per year, 11 teen deaths every single day, and the cause of

almost 25 percent of all car accidents. Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to cause

an accident then driving while intoxicated. It’s the same as driving after having 4 beers. It makes

a person 23 times more likely to crash and slows the brake reaction time by 18 percent. (Marino).

An adult driver is 2.5 times more at risk of a crash or near crash while dialing a phone. Teen

drivers are 8 times higher at a crash risk when dialing a phone or reaching for something

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