Distracted Driving: The Dangers Of Texting While Driving

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Do we take driving serious enough? We tend to veer our attention to other activities and not focus on what is going on in front of us. Not paying attention to what we are doing can be risky. In both “The Dangers of Texting While Driving” written by the Federal Communications Commission and “Multitasking, texting” by Journalist Resource, it explains that in 2012 there have been around 3,300 fatalities and between 387,000-400,000 people were injured in driver distraction accidents. The most significant challenge that drivers face now is placing all their attention on the road.
What is distracted driving? Distracted driving is operating a vehicle and doing anything that is not driving. When most people think of distracted driving, they think of texting, but that is not the only type. Though texting while driving is one of the most dangerous ways to be distracted, almost anything done behind the wheel, besides driving, is a distraction. The distracted driver can be behind any mode of transportation and still be
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They made a device both in cars and on cell phones that would allow us to use it hands-free. Is the hands-free any safer? In “Understanding the Distracted Brain” by the National Safety Council they stated, "Vision is the most important sense for safe driving. Yet, drivers using hands-free phones (and those using handheld phones) have a tendency to “look at” but not “see” objects." This is also known as, inattention blindness. Hands-free is still dangerous. They are being cognitively distracted. They are able to see the car running the stop sign but don’t realize exactly what the driver is doing and what they need to do themselves. In a quote from Paul Atchley he explains a grand illusion that we the people believe, “If we have our eyes open, we can see

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