Texting and Driving

By: Oliwia Widla

Should Cell Phones be allowed while driving?

The use of cellphones while driving is a huge controversy today. Many people may not realize it but using cell phones can seriously put theirs and others lives at risk. That is why I believe that the use of cellphones while driving should not be allowed. Some reasons why I believe this is because Texting and driving is a huge risk to our safety and is very dangerous, it is a huge distraction to drivers, and it puts many teenagers lives at risk.

Dangers of Texting While Driving

One example of how texting and driving can be dangerous is that Texting and driving makes you 23% more likely to have a car crash. This risks you life and other drivers around you to have a sudden death just from a car crash. Another example is using cell phones while driving puts drivers at a four times greater risk of a crash. This means that even if you are just sending a simple text to someone else you put your life and others around you in a huge risk of a death or injury. Lastly, Texting while driving contributes to 6 percent of crashes which equals to about 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 2,600 deaths each year. This clearly shows how dangerous and how other drivers have been effected from texting while driving. All these examples show us the dangers of chosing to text while you drive.
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A distraction to Drivers

Not only is texting and driving extremely dangerous, it is also a huge distraction to drivers. Drivers get distracted from their cell phones while driving because Your brain focuses on the cell phone when it should be focused on the road and your surroundings. An example of how being distracted can be dangerous is in 2011, nearly 17 percent of crashes involved a distracted driver. This shows us that drivers who are distracted from cell phones have a higher risk of being involved in a small crash or even a larger crash. Lastly, being a distracted driver causes the driver to take his hands off the steering wheel, eyes off the road an, and mind off of the surrounding situation, causing the cell phone to be a distraction. All these examples show how cell phones cause the driver to become distracted and most likely to crash.
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Risking Teenagers Lives

Primarily, the people who are most likely to text and drive are teenagers. Not knowing the risks and the dangers, teen drivers are 4 times more likely than adults to get into car crashes while texting or talking on their cell phones. Another example is that 77% of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving without knowing the risks.This shows that teens may think they are responsible enough to text while driving, but they may not realize the outcome that may give to them. Lastly, another example is that 5,000 teenagers die from using their cell phones while driving. All these examples show that texting while driving risks teenagers lives especially.
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In conclusion, I feel that the use of cell phones should not be allowed while driving because is very dangerous, can become a huge distraction to drivers, and it risks the lives of mostly teenagers. I feel that we all should stop texting and driving for good.

Sources:

"Texting while Driving" Wikipedia, Wikipedia Foundation, June 14 2015


"10 Statistics That Capture The Dangers of Texting and Driving" TheHuffingtonPost.com, Eric Shumaker


"Chapter Thirty: Texting and Driving" Facts about Teen Texting and Driving and How to Prevent it