Mobile devices have become very useful in our society today. One of the most impact features that we use on mobile phones is texting. Texting is the exchange of brief written messages between fixed-line phone and fixed or portable devices over a network. Even though texting has changed our way of communicating, it is also one of the main reasons for car accidents and deaths. Texting while drive leads to increased distraction behind the wheel. Innocent peoples lives have been taken away due to texting yet texting have not been banned in all states. It is a complex problem. We may have gotten ourselves into an addiction that we might not be able to get out of. ” So says David Strayer, who studies cellphones and driving at the University of Utah. Let’s start off describing what distraction is. Distraction is defined as the cause of a person trying to do two or more activities simultaneously. For instance the use of texting while driving. Many people resort to the use of cell phone while driving which is a dangerous practice.
People cannot seem to resist picking up calls and replying to messages. When a driver engages in texting behind the wheel he or she tends to ignore road signs and fails to keep watch on the road which can cause accidents. Most young drivers think that texting behind the wheel is a simple task that does not lead into consequences. If you are one of those people than you are truly mistaken because there have been numerous of cases that texting behind the wheel has become one of the main reasons for fatal deaths on the roads.
In the article “North Carolina State Fair displays wrecked vehicle involved in fatal Asheville car accident blamed on teen’s text messaging” a sixteen year old girl name Ashley Johnson was on her way to an after school program on May 10th 2008. But due to her texting while driving she learned a terrible lesson that would cost her life. The North Carolina Highway Patrol said that Ashley was simply trying to read a text message off of her phone. She ended up crossing the centerline and collided head on with a pickup truck dying instantly.
Her crumpled BMW was displayed at the North Carolina State Fair to show people how dangerous texting or using a cell phone while driving. Her father, Amos Johnson hopes that the people understand that no text is worth dying for. Amos Johnson stated “Somebody’s going to see this car, and they’re going to stop texting and driving. In July 1st 2008 California drivers were prohibited to talk on the phone without a Bluetooth earpiece. This law was made to prevent car accidents and to keep drivers in safe condition.
But there was a major aspect left out pertaining to this law which was texting. In my opinion texting is far worse than talking on a cell phone. I say this because when a driver talks on a cell phone they are at least looking at the road. While texting your eyes must be completely off the road. So how can you read your messages and stay focused on the road at all times? Studies show that 9 out of 10 Americans believe that texting should be banned while driving.
Texting behind the wheel is putting yourself and other drivers around you in danger. It seems safe but we as drivers need to understand that anything can happen in an instant. Even if a driver only texts during a red light the driver will obstruct or slow the flow of traffic. As drivers we are very impatient when we are stuck at a traffic light due to somebody not paying attention to the lights. If the drivers behind you do not see you have not moved they can rear end you.
Around the year of 2008 three out of fifty states have taken all of the necessary steps to make the roads safer for everyone. Due to the rapid increase of injuries and deaths due to texting, the United States have taken actions to prevent future deaths. Currently twenty eight out of fifty states have banned texting behind the wheel. It is still hard to believe that they are twenty two states that still have not prohibited texting behind the wheel. Life is short and can be ended in an instant. One drivers mistake can take the lives of many.