The majority of injuries are thought to be caused by a distracted driver. However, some critics believe that the most dangerous driving is exacerbated by the use of mobile phones. In this situation, a regulation should be enforced to ban mobile phone use while not infringing on their rights. Some people believe that prohibiting anyone from using their cell phone is akin to prohibiting them from adjusting their car radio or talking on the phone while driving. Nonetheless, texting and driving are thought to be dangerous to both the driver and those around them. The aim of this article is to argue that texting and driving should be made illegal.
In America, most people use the cellular devices as their source of navigation and communication. In today’s world, cell phones are used by everyone, and most of them have started taking advantage of it (Morris 62). Despite the fact that cellular gadgets make the lives of people easier, it is also seen to be a dangerous tool. Therefore, even if the mobile devices are known to be popular with today’s technology, they are also known to be life-threatening gadgets.
Statistics that were done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that about the 3,331 people that died were involved in accidents because of a distracted driver. The ones who survived totaled up to 387,000 (Renja 55). Additionally, the research showed that the majority of these accidents happened when the drivers were using their cell phones, especially while texting. Furthermore, the numbers showed that about 60% of young adults that just got their driving licenses use their phones while driving (Renja 79). Therefore, when a driver is texting while on the wheels, he lacks the concentration to act fast in case of an emergency. This is because his mind was distracted.
The institute for highway safety and fatality facts showed that 11 out of 100 teenagers die in road accidents due to messaging while driving. About 50% of teens who own cars drive had accidents while texting because they are never aware what is ahead of them (Johal et al. 132). A good reason is that most of them hold the steering with one hand and upon a sudden stop or turn, they are unable to act fast. As a result, the driver might miss a closed road or even direct the car to the woods.
If people knew the dangers of texting while driving, they would pass the law to make it illegal because not only are the drivers at risk but also the pedestrians. Notably, many countries have adopted the law of forbidding messaging while driving. The law, in this case, ensures that every driver adheres to the regulations and that every person must make sure they eradicate the menace (Renja 99). For instance, parents should set a good example to their children by not using the cell phone while driving. This will make the teenagers be rebellious in all ways. In relation to that, parents can also lock or confiscate the cellular devices of their teenagers particularly those that take the driver’s seat.
When one is driving a vehicle, the primary goal is to focus on the roads and everything that is going on around. However, sometimes people do not realize the difficulty in doing both at the same time, by putting all of their focus on their phone instead of on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated: “In 2008 texting while driving was the cause of 16% of accidents.” According to the AAA, “50% of teens have admitted to texting while driving,” (Morris 155). This fact is a prime example of why there is a need of finding a way ultimately to put an end to texting while driving. Many people do not realize that when you text and drive you are not only harming yourself, but you are also endangering the lives of so many others.
If one was to use the internet or only read the newspaper, they will be amazed at how many accidents they would find all caused by texting while driving. It is depressing that this is one accident that could have been prevented because it is just a simple thing just do by not picking up the phone. In the book “Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation,” it talks about how a twenty-four-year-old dentist was on her way home from work when she was trying to text while driving. She was trying to get a hold of a friend when she swerved into the bike lane hitting a thirty-six-year-old engineer. He died on the scene, and after she went to court, she only received two years in prison. (Regan et al., 3) How is it fair that a woman who killed an innocent man only received two years in jail when the man she killed will never see another day?
In the Journal of Public Health, one of the most important points that were being discussed was about in the United Kingdom how one of their major problems with accidents was texting while driving. (Johal 145). They talk throughout the article on how they actually conducted a study to see when the cell phone use was more. The results came to see the cell phones were being used more in the afternoon than the morning. (Johal et al., 177). It doesn’t matter if one is driving. What they should not do is texting on the phone while driving and this will prevent an accident that doesn’t need to occur.
When the coin is flipped, texting while on the driver’s seat is seen to be the same as eating or listening to music. In an article, ‘Dead girl,’ it demonstrated that parents should caution students by alerting them to buckle up and stop texting. This shows that accidents are real when one is texting. A good example is seen to Alex Brown who was 17 years. He died at a very tender age because he got an accident due to neglecting to put on a safety belt while driving. To make matters worse, he was texting. His parents Jeanne and Mac Brown appeared in Clyde middle alcohol and stood in front of the audience to educate them as to how their son’s accident could easily be prevented. Therefore, a mere distraction when one is on the road driving is a small mistake that can cause the deaths of the loved ones.
Texting behind the wheels can also be dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. When one is intoxicated with alcohol, it is considered to be illegal just like texting. A study done by the Larry Copeland state at the University of Utah showed that when one has a blood-alcohol content of about 0.08, it is seen to be ass equal as texting while driving (Renja 114). Therefore, if everyone were aware of how connected texting and drinking are under the driver’s seat, they would then stop messaging behind the wheels. In the essences where their children are driving the parents, it should be their duty to make sure that they keep on reminding them the dangers of texting while driving. With time, the young adults will digest the information and beg to practice it. This in the long runs is seen to have benefits in the coming generation of the teens
Texting while driving is one event that should not occur. It does not matter what one is doing, but this is something that should be put off. All over the world, people need to know that these gadgets put others in danger even before oneself. If everyone lived their lives thinking about others, they would have been doing the right thing. Many people die every day because of texting while driving. In fact, most of them are more worried about their gadgets rather than the lives of individuals. Young teens are seen to be the most affected due to their age group as well as their love for phones. Therefore, as much as cell phones have advantages, the disadvantages are seen as danger zones because, as much as they are known to have harmful waves, they are also known to kill people. To finalize, texting while driving should be illegal because so many lives will be saved.
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