It Can Wait: Texting and Driving Essay

1924 Words Nov 29th, 2012 8 Pages
Joseph Thomas
English102
Ratliff
Essay 3 Final

It Can Wait With growth of technology comes a new trend such as texting, e-mailing, or checking Facebook and Twitter on personal mobile devices. Sure it is convenient to be able to check all the social media in the palms of your hand, but there is a time and place to check your phone and behind the wheel of a car is not that place. Society is making social media so urgent that people are putting themselves and others around them in danger. Texting while driving has recently been a trend that is troubling society. Drivers are taking attention off the road just so they can immediately respond to their “urgent” messages. It seems anyone who is up to date on how to use their
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These articles acknowledges that everyone texts and drives; its known that it is a common problem and that some people think they have their own ways of getting by. However, facts are facts and the idea that the driver had no idea he was even 70 feet past his marker shows that society just has to face the facts that there is not safe way to do it. There is no telling what could have happened during those 70 feet. Texting and driving may now be worse or as bad as drinking and driving. Seeing the reality of how dangerous distracted driving can be, society must realize that it is not just teenagers that have the problem. Joseph Devine’s article, “The Dangers of Texting and Driving” gives a thorough and clear explanation of the dangers of distracted driving. The author interviewed policemen and scientists who have conducted experiments and seen first hand the carnage that can be created from simply looking down at your phone. He presents a serious tone from the get go by starting his argument with the line, “Now, texting constantly while in the presence of other people is no longer rude and annoying but even potentially dangerous. Texting can kill” (Devine). He continues to say that adults are just as guilty. The article provides statistics that say including adults, a driver texting has their reaction time reduced by 35 percent (Devine). Researchers claimed that teenagers actually have the

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