SIMPLE, MEANINGLESS PHRASES• On my way!• K• Gtg• Ttyl• Almost there• Bye• Haha• Lol• Hey• What’s up• See you soon• All these phrases mayseem simple and easybut these texts are theleading killers in textingand driving. Somethingso simple as saying I gotto go or gtg takesenough of your attentionaway from the road tocrash.
Facts about Texting andDriving In 2011 at least 23% of all auto collisions involved cell phones.That’s 1.3million crashes. It takes about 5 seconds to send a text, but if you’re going 55 mph that’sa whole football field without looking at the road. 77% of young drivers claim that they’re confident they can text whiledriving safely. 55% of young driver claim its easy to text and drive. Yet 10% of their time driving while texting is spent outside the lane lines 48% of kids 12-17 have been in a car while the driver was texting 15% of kids have seen their parents text while driving and 27% of adultshave sent or received texts while driving.
Statistics due to cell phones 1,600,000 accidents per year 330,000 injuries per year 11 teen deaths per day 25% of all car accidents 6 times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving Same as 4 beers Number one distraction while driving 23 times more likely to crash Slows brake speed by 18% Happens at any given time by 800,000 drivers across the country Same as driving blind for 5 seconds Growing trend and national epidemic QUICKLY BECOMING ONE OFTHE COUNTRY’STOP KILLERS
What’s being done about it? Many people are starting up campaigns tostop texting an driving. Laws are being set up in several states andcities to make texting while driving illegal.Even making a phone call while driving isillegal. State signs are being put up. Commercials with true stories about itsconsequences are being shown.
Campaigns Nearly 500, 000 young adults each year areinjured due to texting, calling, sending pictures,etc. We are in a world that is constantly multitaskingas a second nature therefore making youngadults feel like they can text and drive “safely”. Campaigns have been formed to prevent textingand driving and to show young adults theconsequences of that decision. They are backed by the State Attorneys Generaland the National HighwayTraffic SafetyAdministration.
Laws States marked in green above are all driversbanned from texting and driving. States in blue above only partially ban. States in pink above have no bans againsttexting and driving. 10 states prohibit all drivers from using cellphones. 32 states prohibit novice drivers from using cellphones. 39 states prohibit all drivers from texting.
Works Cited http://www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org/#campaign http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/