Dangers Of Texting And Driving
SP180 Principles of Public Speaking
October 6th 2016
SP180 Principles of Public Speaking
Steve Jobs once argued that there is no such thing as multitasking. The prolific and most recognized legend in the corporate world argued that there is no human being that can do two or more things at a time. Most possibly, one will always fail terribly. “The most preposterous act is putting one’s life in a balance with just but a text message (Goodman, 2005).” In essence, when texting while driving is no different from attributing the value of one’s life to replying a text. In the recent times, there has been a noted increase in the number of deaths due to road accidents. One major cause of these accidents has been attributed to the use of mobile phones while driving. Statistics show that there are devastating effects of using cellphones while driving. “Notably, it is has been identified that approximately, 330,000 injuries take place yearly due to accidents caused by texting while driving (Coursey, 2014).” Since there is a slew of an effect posed by the use of cell phones it is essential that one understands why banning the use of cellphones while driving is important. The paper, therefore, focuses on the why using cellphones while driving should be banned.
The use of cell phones while driving has the effect of creating driving impairments. This is because the brains are set in such a way that they can perform one task at a time. “When a driver is on a phone while driving his or her concentration on the road diverts and, therefore, their ability to drive is impaired (Goodman, 2005).” The impairments associated with this phenomenon include lack of attention blindness, reduced rate of response on the road, and difficulty of staying on the particular lane. Therefore, if the use of phones while driving is banned plausible benefits will equally crop up. “Principally, drivers will be able to focus on the road enabling them to see the objects within the driving arena (Coursey, 2014).” Equally, the rates at which the drivers will respond to certain situations are likely to be fast leading to decreased levels of crashes and deaths. Suggestively, the move is likely to make the drivers stay in one lane while driving hence averting head-on collision or a crash.
“Statistics show that in 2012, 424,000 people were injured in crashes in the United States of America (Synader, 2014).” Drivers who use phones while driving pose serious crashes on the roads. The crashes and collisions created have diverse effects which include fatal accidents which lead to injuries and deaths. According to statistics, it has been noted that ten percent of drivers aged between fifteen years and nineteen years posed serious accidents due to crashes that arose while using phones. Furthermore, there is a fourfold increment in the damage of properties due to these crashes. The implication here is that by banning cellphone usage while driving, the number of crashes will drastically reduce. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of deaths caused by accidents. This has been attributed to the fact that a number of drivers use their cell phones when driving. Suggestively most people have succumbed to death due to this embedding
action. “According to the recent study carried out it is evident that approximately 660,000
drivers in this country use their cell phones while driving (Synader, 2014).” More especially with the emergence of smartphones, most drivers are linked to the internet almost every time. The disturbances caused by cell phones is immense and therefere, measures should be aligned to prevent such a scenario.
The present statistics clearly highlights that the use of cell phones while driving causes 1.6 million crashes nearly every year. In addition, 11 teens lose their lives almost every day because they concentrate on their cell phones while they are driving. Another eminent statistics is the one which revealed the death of approximately 3,000 people following disturbances related to cell phones. In addition, a study in 2012 in the United States of America announced the deaths of 3,128 people (Coursey, 2014). In the light of this central purpose, it is imperative that stringent measures be taken to eradicate the serious fatal deaths. Suggestively, this is a national problem because day in and day out people have lost a significant number of people through road accidents. Furthermore, human labor can be derailed because the people who die could have contributed to the growth of the economy.
Texting and driving is one of the largest epidemics to sweep our nation. We as a nation need to be more informed of the dangers. Whether is through the use of more police patrol or people experiencing the effects of texting and driving, we need to realize that distracted driving is deadly. Furthermore, from the above discussion, it is evident that the use of cell phones while driving is a serious issue and therefore, measures should be put in place to stop the habit. The use of cell phones while driving leads to driver impairment, Similarly, it leads to crashes, some eventually leading to death. Therefore, it is salient that drivers cease from this incredibly risky behavior to avert further accidents and possible deaths.
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Goodman, A. (2005). NEW RISKS CITED FOR HANDHELD CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING. Neurology Today, 5(10), 53-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00132985-200510000-00016
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