Texting and Driving Should be banned in the United States
Texting has been a rapidly growing phenomenon. Texting has now become the main source of communication among teens and young adults. While cell phones are a great form of communication it is also known for causing distractions, especially while driving. Texting and driving should be banned in the United States because it causes distractions, it increases your chances of being involved in a auto accident, and can lead to high insurance policies.
Distractions while driving happen all the time, such as changing a cd or flipping through the channels on your radio, dialing a phone number on your cell phone, adjusting your mirrors or seat in your car, or even playing your radio too loud and cannot hear a siren or horn blowing. However, the most common distraction among most drivers today is texting while driving. According to insurance.com statistics show that driver distraction –engaging in activities that take your concentration away from the road- is one of the main causes accidents for drivers 18 to 34 years of age. A study by Progressive Insurance shows 77 percent of policyholders involved in an accident were less than 15 miles from home –and more than half were less than 5 miles from home. According to an article in The New York Times on July 28, 2009 by Matt Richtel, a study of drivers texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk sharply exceeds previous estimates based on laboratory research –and far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions.
Texting while driving also drastically increases the chances of being involved in some form of automobile accident. According to an article dated July 28, 2009 by Matt Richtel in The New York Times, it states that in moments before a crash or near crash, drivers typically nearly five seconds looking at their devices whether it be sending or receiving a text or call. In five seconds, that is enough time at highway speeds to cover more than the...