Essay about Texting While Driving Is Dangerous

655 Words Sep 15th, 2012 3 Pages
Texting While Driving is Dangerous
When sending a text message while you are driving your eyes leave the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. It may not seem like much time, but a lot can happen in that small amount of time. In five seconds, a silver Toyota 4 Runner can tap the left side of your green Honda Civic at 65 miles per hour and send you flying across a freeway. In five seconds a car can travel the distance of a football field. In five seconds your neighbor’s daughter can run out into the street to grab her soccer ball as you back out of your driveway. What if you were not paying full attention to what you were doing? What if you were trying to dial a phone number on your cell while trying to back up? What if you did not see
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According to The Buffalo Law Journal using a cell phone while operating an automobile is most prevalent in young drivers. For example the journal conducted a study and 37% of adult drivers admit to using their phone in the car and 18% admit to doing it regularly; but, in drivers under the age of twenty, 60% admit to using their phone while behind the wheel. The problem here is not education: teens and adults both are aware of the dangers of text messaging and driving. In a study of nearly 2,000 high school students, 84% were aware that distracted-driving behaviors increase their crash risk; yet 86% have engaged in those behaviors, including texting and talking on cellphones. Though many state governments have tried to fix this problem, their efforts are being ignored and overlooked because most drivers take their personal experience with cell phones and driving thus far and then conclude that a tragic accident will not happen to them. This may have been the thought process of many until the worst actually does happen, but by then it is too late. The safety of every American is at risk when there are those who drive and use a cell phone at the same time. We must all take personal responsibility, because most of us have probably put our own safety and the safety of others at risk to read our phones, and do something about it.. We must put a stop to this terrible habit and educate those who are younger and do not completely understand the

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