Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Truth About Texting and Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 995 people die every year in the United States as a result of using a cell phone while driving. Another 24,000 people are injured. Officials are bidding to pass laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving nationwide. According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institution report, “Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent-at 55 mph-to driving the length of an entire football field while blindfolded (”
Contrary to popular belief, teenage drivers are not the age group most responsible for cellphone-related fatalities among drivers. The majority of cell phone related fatalities are a result of drivers between the ages of thirty and forty. There are, however, a greater number of teenage drivers who admit to texting while driving. The larger percentage of cellphone-related deaths among drivers between thirty and forty years old could be due to a higher number of total drivers in that age group. Regardless of who is causing these accidents, one fact remains clear. The use of cellphones while driving is extremely dangerous. Many fatalities occur every year because of cellphone use while driving and thousands of others are injured.
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