distracted driving

by: mikaela ortega

  • “distracted driving means engaging in non-driving activities that distracts the driver from the primary task of driving. distracted driving can be visual taking your eyes off of the road, manual taking your hands off of the wheel, or cognitive taking your mind off of driving.”

  • the most dangerous of these things is text while involves all three types of distracting drivers to the national highway traffic safety administration.

  • the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is the age 20 or under age group.

pros

        • “the number of drivers who report using their cellphones to access the internet while behind the wheel continues to rise, to a point where nearly one of four drivers are going online while driving.”

        • Perhaps reflecting the nation's sustained campaign against texting while driving, fewer people are doing that behind the wheel even as surfing the Web rises. The percentage of people who report texting while driving rose slightly over the past five years, from 31% to 35% of all drivers. Among those 18-29, the number who report doing so has actually decreased, from 71% to 69%.

        • People who drive while texting are 23 times more likely to have an accident than a non-distracted driver.

        • Texting behind the wheel could be more dangerous than driving drunk. In test settings, drunken drivers had faster response times than did drivers who were reading and sending texts.


cons

  • If even people's own fear of danger won't prevent cell phone use, it's hard to imagine that bans will be more effective. Particularly when they will be a nightmare to enforce. Laws that are unenforceable (see: Prohibition) do not increase respect for the law or change attitudes.

  • Prohibiting cell phone use for new drivers and bus drivers (except in emergencies). This makes sense because of the inexperience of young drivers and the responsibilities of transit workers.

critical thinking and analysis