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Did you know that more than 9 people and 1,153 people are injured every day because of distracted/dangerous driving? Distracted/dangerous driving has been classified into three main different types. “Manual distractions are those where you move your hands away from the task of controlling the vehicle. Reaching for a soda in the drink carrier is an example of a manual distraction. Visual distractions are those where you focus your eyes away from the road. You drop your soda, and when it spills all over the floor of the car, you look down at your ruined shoes and stained slacks: that’s a visual distraction. A cognitive distraction is when you’re mind wanders away from the task of driving. You start to consider whether you can afford to replace the clothing you just ruined, and what stores have bargains this week, and you’re no longer paying attention to the essential job of driving. Bingo: cognitive distraction.”5 Choosing any of these distractions could lead to serious injury and even death. One and every five crashes that involved injury in 2011, was caused by distracted driving. In 2012 distracted driving was said to be 18 percent of all deadly car crashes by the National Highway Traffic Safety Admission. Every year distracted/dangerous driving has become more common. "In 2014, there were 100,825 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use). That is an increase of 6 percent from 2013. These crashes in 2014 resulted in 3,214 serious injuries and 468 deaths."3 Distracted/dangerous driving needs to be stopped and here are ten tips that could help. "1. Always buckle up. 2. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. 3. Don’t let a phone call distract you from driving safely. 4. Allow voice mail to handle your calls and return them at your convenience. 5. Pull off the road to a safe area or ask a passenger to make or take a call for you. 6. Position the phone in easy reach. 7. Use a hands-free device if available. 8. Suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions. 9. Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations while driving. 10. Never take notes or look up numbers while driving."4 Dangerous/distracted causes too many deaths and needs to be stopped.


Positive: Distracted/dangerous driving is an temptation that people face everyday. You could possibly save your own life or someone else if you just put the phone down, listen to a song you don’t want to, or even stop eating the fries you just got. Just changing your everyday habits could have a huge effect on taking control on the number of deaths we have each year because of distracted/dangerous driving.

Negative: Imagine having one of your friends or loved ones seriously injured or killed because someone just couldn't wait to text their friend. How would you feel? Next time you're driving, think before you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or even your mind off about driving. Don’t be a distracted/dangerous driver, stop today.


1. "Distracted Driving" 2014 April 29, 2015


2. "The Dangers of Texting While Driving" 2014 April 29, 2015


3. "Talk. Text. Crash.- Distracted Driving Campaign" 2015 April 29, 2015


4. "AAA-CMC and AT&T Provide Wireless Phone Safety Tips" 2001 April 29, 2015


5. "Learn the Facts About Distracted Driving" 2015 April 29, 2015