Essay On The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Eliminating the Dangers of Texting and Driving It is 1955 and you are out buying a new Ford for you and your family. There are so many things to consider; what color, two or four doors, coupe, sedan or convertible. Did you want a panoramic windshield for better visibility or the Select Aire option to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter? There is so much to choose from and you become overwhelmed, you look over to your wife and two children and then it clicks. For the very first time in history seatbelt’s now an option, one major upgrade to keep your family safe. The choice was obvious, my family’s safety was more important than the transparent skylight. Although each state was entitled to enforce wearing a seatbelt as a …show more content…
By the year 2000 that number grew to about one-hundred million users to present day at around one-hundred twenty-nine million users. It is estimated that fifty-four percent of drivers have access to a cellphone and of those seventy-three percent use them while driving. (Curry, 2002) With the increase of smartphones and other electronic devices, texting and driving has become an epidemic in the United States. When a driver is distracted it reduces their awareness which in turn delays response time in the event of an emergency. On an average cell phone use leads to 1.6 million crashes per year, of those crashes about three hundred thirty thousand injuries occur. Recently, AAA ran a poll and 94% of teen drivers know the dangers using their phones to text and drive but 34% of them admit that they do it anyways. Eleven teens die daily as a result of being able to use their phones to text and drive. This does not only affect teenage drivers, in the US one out of every four car accidents involve texting and driving. Accidents caused by texting and driving are six times more likely than those driving drunk. Studies show that on an average responding to a text takes the drivers attention away from the road for a minimum of five seconds, driving at fifty-five miles an hour, the car has traveled the distance of a football field. (Farah,

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