The Teens: The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

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Matt swerved and lost control of his truck, rolling it off the road, he was not wearing his seatbelt; he was flung from the driver’s seat window and flew 30 feet from his truck, he landed in an awkward position because of his injuries. When Matt arrived at the hospital, the doctors came to the conclusion of his injuries, Matt had broken both his wrists, his right hip, and C2, which starts at the base of the neck through C5, which ends mid-back, he is now paralyzed. Teens are among the drivers most impaired by distraction. Matt was in his early twenties when the accident occurred, he was driving with one of his good friends going down a backroad at 55-60 MPH. The cause of the accident was another driver messing around in his car, not paying …show more content…
Kiernan Hopkins states that “Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration” (Hopkins 2). The statistics show just how much more dangerous texting is rather than being drunk and trying to drive home or to wherever you’re supposed to be going. When you text and drive, you take your eyes off the road for a few seconds at a time, approximately the length of a football field is how long your eyes are off the road for in those few seconds. Rather when you’re drunk driving your peripheral vision doesn’t seem to work properly, your eyes get all blurry and you would have trouble focusing and you could be going to switch lanes or turn and your senses wouldn’t be on total lockdown to bring you to your senses. Kiernan states “With more technology at driver’s fingertips, drivers are becoming more and more tempted to send and read quick text messages that they by-and-large assume to be harmless” (Hopkins 2). Most drivers assume that texting while driving is harmless, although everytime they text, they put themselves and others at risk. According to Nugent, “ It found that drivers who texted had slower response times, were more likely to drift in and out of lanes and even drove worse than those who were driving high on marijuana (Neiger 2). Drivers had slower response times while texting and driving, although nobody can really come to a conclusion about whether or not texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving. Texting and drinking while driving are both dangerous and is a huge ‘no, no’, one shouldn’t put another person’s life at risk let alone their own to send a “quick” text or get in that car after they know they’ve had too much to drink. When you send that quick text, you are endangering yourself and others. When you get into an accident with another driver, or you are paying attention to your surroundings and

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