Texting while driving is a dangerous trend, and one of the world’s biggest killers of drivers today. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Handbook, it is of primary importance that drivers pay close attention to the road when operating a motor vehicle. Texting is considered one of the many distractions that steers the eye away from the road. It is reported that when texting, it is far easier to be in a near collision or fatal accident. However, even though the dangerous trend and the possible consequence is acknowledged by drivers, the activity of texting whilst operating an automobile still occurs on a daily basis.
Statistics have shown that texting while driving is becoming a growing trend amongst all age groups. In 2011, at least 23 percent of all accidents were directly caused by the usage of a cell phone during operation. This number totals up to 1.3 billion crashes in that year alone. Another statistic shows that texting while driving, or using a cell phone in general, makes a crash 23 times more likely to occur. It would seem that matters only worsen as the statistics build. The majority of people that have been involved in car wrecks have acknowledged using a cell phone. There are many things that have the potential of causing an accident; texting while driving does not appear to help the situation nor does it make the roads safer for other individuals.
Although accounts that surround texting and driving generally end in a car wreck, not all incidents turn out to be fatal. About 11 percent of accidents that end up being fatal come from drivers are under the age of 20. In fact, many people have stated that they can use a phone whilst driving a car with little to no issues. This is known not to be true. It only takes five seconds for something to happen when the driver’s attention is taken away from the road.
Numerous accounts involving this dangerous trend amongst drivers have been known to tear families apart because often, a loved one is taken away. For instance, 16 year old, Kayla Preuss died of head injuries. Preuss was said to have been texting right before the accident took place with phone records to substantiate the claim. A similar account was that of cheerleader, Bailey Goodman. She and four fellow cheerleading members, died instantly when their SUV erupted into flames. This was caused by a head-on collision with a tractor trailer. Five days prior to this incident, it was stated that the girls had just graduated from high school.
It would appear that the vast majority of people wish to see this dangerous trend amongst drivers completely outlawed because of the high mortality rate. To be exact, a survey showed that 89 percent of Americans want this ruling amended. Even though there are texting laws currently in place, it does not seem to have made much of a difference with the choice drivers make. Texting while driving not only places the life of the individual in peril, but it puts other drivers in the same boat. Another tragic example, is 18 year old Ashley D. Miller, who veered into oncoming traffic, hit another car that held a mother of one, which resulted in both drivers being killed.
The result of death from these accidents is sky-high, but this does not appear to have stopped the practice at all. Many people today still text as well as read messages, makes phones calls, and have even been seen to surf the web whilst driving. The dangerous trend of texting has put drivers on a collision course. Even though this can potentially lead to a fatal accident, it appears that it will take something more tragic to happen in order for the practice to cease altogether.
The unsafe practice is the equivalent to a road intersection without traffic lights. Until an accident takes place at that junction, there does not seem to be much need for the traffic lights at all. Hopefully, it shall not come to this and a solution will be found to stop texting and driving that everyone can live by without any fatal issues.
Opinion by Isis E. Stevens