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  • Out of the over 300 people I talked to, only 2 people did not have texting. That means roughly 99.4% of the survey population uses texting today.
  • 18-22 year olds are more likely to text compared to 25-50 year olds. However, this survey was taken in a town where texting is illegal. 66.7% of the surveyed population still texts while they drive.
  • When asked “What would it take to get you to stop texting while you drive?” a student responded, “I guess I’ve never seen any repercussions of it.”
  • Texting and driving2

    1. 1. Texting and Driving<br />Presented by<br />Chris Todd<br />
    2. 2. Thesis<br />Cell phones give people a sense of security by letting them know that they are connected to a network of people. This sense of security creates a dependency on cell phones that can become a danger if someone is driving and chooses to take their focus off the road and focus on the phone instead. The most dangerous action is sending and receiving text messages while operating a vehicle.<br />
    3. 3. Fun Facts<br /><ul><li>16% of all fatal crashes in 2008 were due to multitasking
    4. 4. In 2008, roughly 6,000 people were killed in accidents that were related to distracted drivers
    5. 5. Nearly 500,000 injuries were credited to distracted drivers in 2008
    6. 6. Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage.
    7. 7. This percentage is expected to grow each year</li></li></ul><li>The Beginning<br />
    8. 8. Cell Phones<br />Cell phone dependency is growing<br />People always have their cell phones<br />If forgotten, there is a feeling of disconnection<br />Cell usage is not going down in the future as more advances are made in technology<br />
    9. 9. Texting<br />Start in 1995<br />Did not catch on to begin with but then exploded in popularity<br />As people became more comfortable, they started doing it while they drive<br />Constantly becomes more and more of a problem<br />
    10. 10. The Question<br />Do you text while you drive?<br />
    11. 11. Results<br /> Survey was taken on 306 students, mostly between the age of 18 and 22 years of age. <br />204 of 306 people admitted to texting a driving. Literally 67% of the surveyed group text while they drive.<br />
    12. 12. General Responses (I do not text)<br />“I don’t text in Clemson because it is illegal”<br />“I had a car accident because I was texting and driving, not anymore.”<br />“I drive a stick shift and it is too hard.”<br />“Its obviously dangerous.”<br />“I got a touch screen phone and I just can’t text while I’m driving”<br />
    13. 13. General Responses (I do text)<br />“I know I shouldn’t but I do anyways.”<br />“I only do it at stop lights and stop signs.”<br />“I don’t think it is really that big of a deal.”<br />“Other people do, so I’m not that worried about it.”<br />“I only do it SOMETIMES.”<br />
    14. 14. “When I’m texting in my car, its when I’m by myself because I’m bored.”<br />Ed Mahan<br />“I know I do. And I know its bad, its just sometimes, things are really important.”<br />-Sarah Dunn<br />
    15. 15. Students Documentary<br />Click Here for testimonies <br />
    16. 16. Solutions?<br />
    17. 17. Hands Free Technology<br />Pros<br />Less distraction while driving<br />Cons<br />Don’t recognize voices<br />Apps<br />Can’t go on all phones<br />Still causes some distractions<br />
    18. 18. Detection Software<br />Pros<br />Blocks incoming text while the user is operating a vehicle<br />It lets the sender know the person is driving and will respond momentarily.<br />Insurance breaks?<br />Cons<br />The public not accepting it<br />Phones not accepting the software<br />
    19. 19. Self Discipline<br />Pro<br />If observed then its probably the best plan <br />Con<br />People obviously don’t have self discipline<br />
    20. 20. Ticketing Texters<br />Pros<br /><ul><li>“I don’t text in Clemson because it is illegal, but I do other places.”
    21. 21. Random Library Student
    22. 22. Creates more income for the city through Tickets
    23. 23. “I wont ever completely stop. The only thing the law can do is make the penalty so unrealistic and harsh that I will not want to.”
    24. 24. Jamin Floyd</li></ul>Cons<br />Hard to enforce<br />What is a good punishment?<br />People will just try to hide text in their lap while their driving, causing them to focus farther from the road.<br />
    25. 25. Raise Awareness<br />Pros<br />If it clicks, then this will increase self discipline.<br />When students don’t text and drive, the major reason for not doing it was, “I understand how bad it is.” or “I saw a documentary on it that really made me think twice.”<br />Cons<br />Understand Consequences, but the desire to stay connected overrules<br />People think they are “above average” drivers. <br />
    26. 26. Conclusion<br />Texting and driving is bad<br />It is going to get worse unless something is done<br />Solutions need to be implemented<br />The little things are going to make the difference. <br />
    27. 27. Bibliography<br /> "DOT Press Release." Home | U.S. Department of Transportation. USDOT Public<br /> Affairs, 29 Sept. 2009. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <br /> http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2009/dot15509.htm<br /> ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. "The Solution for Texting While Driving by Newspaper<br /> Contributors on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent." Creators Syndicate<br /> The Best Content in The World. Creators.com. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <br /> <http://www.creators.com/opinion/daily-editorials/the-solution-for-<br /> texting-while-driving.html>.<br /> Todd, Chris. “Do you text and drive? survey”<br />