Texting and Driving
Deaths that occur due to texting and driving have escalated overthe past years. Due to busy schedules during the day, one has limitedtime to interact with friends. The only means of communicationbecomes texting, which can result through texting while driving.Texting while driving is unsafe and the number of road accidents inAmerica has increased due to the habit of texting while driving. Thepaper will persuade the people to stop texting while driving as thehabit is unsafe.
There areincidences that show accidents that have occurred because of textingwhile driving. For instance, in 2012, a student from TexasUniversity, Zafar, was texting while driving. As he was driving,Zafar almost got himself into a cliff. He survived the accident, buthe had serious injuries, broken neck, fractured skull, a broken neckand a crushed face. In 2013, another accident occurred at this momenta 19-year-old Elizabeth was driving to the farmyard, and he hit a manwho was riding a bike. She hit the man while she as texting. The mandied on the spot while Elizabeth had a possibility of facing aten-year sentence in prison and having to pay fine of thousands ofdollars.
Texting while driving has become a great area concern in America.The number of accidents occurring on our roads, 25% of them isbecause of them result from texting while driving (Caird & Jeff315). Approximately, 1.6 million accidents that do result fromtexting while driving. According to National Highway SafetyAdministration, the teens are six times likely to crash when dialinga phone and 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident whiletexting. The effects of texting while driving can be compared to theeffects of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Dueto the increased number of accidents resulting from texting whiledriving, the software developers have resolved to come up withsoftware that will hinder people from texting while they are driving.The people’s habit of texting while driving has become so familiarand it is argued that stopping people from texting while driving willbe difficult, as it has become part of life in the people’s dailyactivities (Abouk, Rahi, &Scott 182). Twenty percent of thedrivers have agreed that they have ever texted while driving. Fortypercent of these drivers are youths and teens. The drivers who aredrunk and are youth have a higher chance of causing an accident thanthe ones who are texting while they are sober. The development of thesoftware that will stop one from texting while driving will be thebest solution to the problem. Some people claim that the softwarewill cause more distractions to the driver hence an increase in thenumber of accidents. The given statistics shows that there is need tocome up with an appropriate way of preventing people from textingwhile they are driving.
As at now, lawsprohibits the people from texting while driving in America have notbeen advocated widely. Thus, the people feel that it is right forthem to use the cell phones while they are driving. The truth is theyare exposing their lives to danger. Texas has tried to enact lawsthat hinder people from texting while driving and thirty-one otherstates are in the process of passing the law that inhibits textingwhile driving.
It is important to come up with ways that will help prevent peoplefrom texting while driving. Texting and driving is disastrous tohuman life. In the contemporary world, almost everybody is using asmartphone, and it will be difficult to prevent people from textingwhile they are driving by just talking to them. Since telling thepeople not to text while driving is ineffective, other actions havebeen developed to stop people from texting while they are driving.
The habit oftexting while driving became familiar in the year 2000. Thetelecommunication companies that came up with better packages fortheir subscribers factored in the habit. The people could utilize theinternet to text each other. With time, people made most of theircommunication through texting, and the habit was extended to be donesimultaneously with driving.
The primarycontributing factor in vehicle accidents is the drivers’ error. U.SDepartment of Transportation reported that 78% of the driver’sfailure as caused by distractions while burning vehicle crashescaused 92% of the error (Regan, Michael, Charlene, & Craig 1772).The use of cell phone either to text, to call or to receive a callincreased the chances of causing an accident. Texting while drivingmakes an individual to be more stuck on the phone thus losing thesight on the road (Abouk, Rahi, & Scott 196).
The youths andthe teens perceive that texting while driving is less risky thandriving while one is drunk. The perception has made them feel them bemore motivated to text while they are driving. According to Hosking,Simon, KI YOUNG, and Michael, the driver’s ability tomaintain their position on the road is hard as and they can hardlyrespond to the traffic signs as required. The drivers have their eyesoff the road as they text and they do not think of reducing thespeed.
Even though thenumber of accidents resulting from texting while driving isincreasing, most of the states in America have not implemented clearlaws that prevent people from texting while driving. Texas hasapplied the law that inhibits the people from texting while they aredriving. Other 31 countries are working on implementing the law thathinders people from texting while they are driving. The studiescarried out by Lindqvist, Janne, and Jason show that 87percent of the Americans are not for the implementation of the law ofnot texting while driving. Forty percent of the population that wasbeing studied concurred that they did texting while they weredriving. It is nature for human beings to go against the set rulesand regulations. Bayer, Joseph, and Scott argued that prohibitingpeople from using their cellphones while they are driving was goingto motivate them to use them in traffics more often. The effect ofthe laws set against the utilization of cell phones while on thetraffic can only be in use for a short term. The vehicle accidentsresulting from the use of mobile phones while driving were going toreduce for some time, but people were going back to their old habitsof texting while driving (Regan, Michael, Charlene, & Craig1776).
As much as thestate and the federal governments are putting effort to reduce thenumber of road accidents resulting from the use of cellphones whiledriving, the companies are too chipping in. According to Lindqvist,Janne (2014), and Jason, the companies have improved their technologyto help stop people from using the phones while driving. Forinstance, there has been the development of a call safety softwarethat stops the operations of the phone while the driver is in motion(Nelson, Erik, Paul & Todd 440). The other applications that canbe used in controlling the use of phones while the user is drivingare Ford and Microsoft. The apps have been found to be moreefficient, but the challenge with using the app is that they cannotbe supported on the iPhone. The incompatibility makes the apps to beless useful as most people are using the iPhone. The user has anoption of switching the application off thus making it useless(Progue 176). Thus, the telecommunications companies need to improveon their technology.
In conclusion,the use of cellphone has been rampant in America. The population thathas been much affected is the teens and the youths as they are themost addicted to the habit. As at now, there are no laws that outlawthe use of cell phones while driving in America. A few states aretrying to effect the legislation to prevent texting while driving.There is a need for the states to come up with strict laws that willstop people from using their phones while driving. The companies aretoo supposed to venture more in technology and improve on thetechnology. The telecommunication companies should come up with appsthat can operate in all mobile phones. In addition to that, there isa need for the people to understand that the text they are sendingwhile driving can wait rather than risking their lives.
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