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The truth about texting and driving is that it increases the risk of accidents twenty three times more than any other cause

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Say NO to Texting While Driving Driving on the highway, when hearing the recognizable text message ring tone a person starts to think, "Maybe it's my friend telling me about the update on the party tonight, or my mother, or what if there is an emergency?" It does not look like traffic is going to be moving anytime soon, and knowing that it would only take a few seconds, to respond, they do. Before they realize, the car in front stops or the car behind accelerates and then there in an accident. Texting while behind the wheel diverts the driver's attention off the road, the driver loses his focus, and the factor of risk increases by many folds. In today's society we've all become attached to our cell phones. Cell phones make our lives easier in many ways: we can check our email, receive phone calls, send text messages, listen to music, and take pictures, all at our finger tips. With all this convenience, however there is a dangerous side to cell phones, and that's when we use them while driving. In addition, Texting and driving is done all over the world. Almost everyone has tried doing it at least once in his or her life. ...read more.


As a matter of fact, texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in accidents than driving while being intoxicated (Strayer, Drew). I have seen many times that people are texting while driving on the highway and at stoplights. An estimated 20 percent of drivers are sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel, and these drivers mostly include individuals between 18 and 24 (Human Factors). As a teen driver, I know the temptation to text and drive at the same time is very high. Even a quick glance at the phone can distract you just enough that you can cause an accident. The reasons why texting and driving is so dangerous may seem obvious, but several studies put it in perspective. A study was done in July of 2009 by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, where several study's participants eyes were analyzed while they texted, dialed, and talked while driving. The purpose of the study was to see how long their eyes were off the road while they were performing the abovementioned tasks. As a result, Texting had the longest duration of eyes off the road, with an average of 4 seconds during a 6 second period. ...read more.


A headline, from the newspaper from New York's newspaper The Journal, that texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving is changing many peoples lifestyle but still several amongst those are not willing to change take no action. Furthermore, people are not as outraged when it comes to texting and driving as they were for drinking and driving - probably because many of them have done it and/or are still doing it. The media is helping the cause by reporting the number of deaths involved in such crashes. Kayla Preuss, a sixteen year old girl, died because of a car accident that occurred because of her texting on the phone and not paying attention on the road (Drew). Sadly, it will likely take more accidents and more deaths to change the attitude of many who do not raise their voice against such usage of the cell phones. There are countless stories of teens dying in accidents because the driver was texting while driving or they were texting and driving. Unfortunately, there will be more. Too many people have become too accustomed to checking e-mail or sending a text while behind the wheel, even though it's as dangerous as drinking and driving. We as Individuals should realize the effects of such habits and try to improve them, as it will eventually cause our benefit. ...read more.

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