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Teen Driving Issues Project: Cell Phones and Driving

Made in 2013 for FLVS Driver Education

Garrett Yu

on 3 March 2013

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Transcript of Teen Driving Issues Project: Cell Phones and Driving

Don't be a clown! Put it down! Why is this a problem?
Especially for teen drivers? If you text or call while driving you not only put yourself at risk of death, but others on the road as well! Do Not Text or Call While Driving! Now a days, everywhere you look people have phones in their hands - playing games, texting, or calling people. But the evidence is clear that if you are driving, you can’t be focused on your phone and the road; it's just not possible. You then become a dangerous threat to not only yourself, but to the other people who are on the road. It has now been proven that using your cell phone while driving is one of the major causes of driver distraction. How is one organization or group trying to solve this problem?
Name the group and what they are doing. Source: WHO= World Health Organization. Link: http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/distracted_driving/en/index.html Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a teenage driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving.
48% of young Americans, ages 12-17, say they've been in a car while the driver was texting.
52% of 16- and 17-year-old teen drivers admit to making and answering cell phone calls on the road.
34% admit to text messaging while driving.
Over 60% of American teens admit to risky driving, and nearly half of those that admitted to risky driving also admitted to text messaging behind the wheel.
Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This statistic is expected to grow as much as 4% every year.
Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving.
Over one-third of all young drivers, ages 24 and under, are texting on the road. Statistics from research regarding teen crashes: Statistics Continued In 2009, more than 5,400 people died in car crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver.
In 2009, about 448,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.
Among those killed or injured in these crashes, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries included cell phone use as the major distraction.
The amount of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of a fatal crash has increased from 7% in 2005, to 11% percent in 2009.
When asked whether driving feels safer, less safe, or about the same as they did five years ago, more than 1 in 3 drivers said driving feels less safe today.
Distracted driving—cited by 3 out of 10 of these drivers—was the single most common reason given for feeling less safe today. Link:http://fourstateshomepage.com/fulltext-no-text-zone?nxd_id=279752 Link: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/ Teen Driving Issues Project Topic:
Cell phones and Driving. BY: GARRETT YU Source: CDC
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Source: Fourstates One organization that is trying to solve this problem is the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). One of the ways that this organization is trying to solve and stop these problems is starting a campaign. Together with the Ad Council and the State Attorney’s Office, many PSAs, or Public Service Advertisements, have been produced to discourage the use of cellphones while driving. These PSAs are shown on TV, the radio, on outdoor and indoor signs, the web, and on various digital and social media platforms. These advertisements are directed towards young adult drivers and teenagers to warn them of the consequences of these actions. Source: NHTSA+ AD council Link: http://www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org/#campaign How is another organization or group working to solve the problem?
Name the group and what they are doing. Another organization that is trying to prevent and solve these problems is actually a company. The phone company AT&T has started a new movement called "It Can Wait." The movement is devoted to educating the public, adults, and especially teens, about the dangers of texting and driving. If you send text messages while driving, you are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. The goal of this movement is to save lives and show people that texting and driving is no better than drinking and driving: IT’S DANGEROUS! Some ways that AT&T is trying to stop texting and driving is by: rallying people to take the pledge to never text and drive, advertising with their 10-minute documentary about the dangers of texting and driving, an online simulator that shows you the dangers of texting and driving, and new technology that tells the person who’s texting you that you’re driving, and to text back later when it's safe. Along with its own measures, AT&T has support from many critical third-party safety organizations to put a stop to texting and driving once and for all. http://www.att.com/Common/about_us/txting_driving/att_twd_fact_sheet0512.pdf Source: AT&T Drive Safely! Something else that should be done to help solve or curb the problem.
My own ideas for solving this problem.
This may not be something that is currently being done. There are already so many laws about texting and driving. I researched them and there was 25 pages of laws that I didn't even get to finish reading! So if there are so many laws, how come there are still so many fatalities due to texting and driving? I think that enforcement of the laws should be stepped up a notch and police should make more traffic stops. I also think that there should be more traffic cameras on roads that are finely tuned to catch drivers who are texting. Another measure that should be taken is that the penalties for texting while driving should be dramatically increased. People pay no attention to the laws because they think that they won't get caught and the rules of the road don't apply to them. They think: "Oh, I'm such a good driver! I'll just send off this one text and then be done!" However that one text could cost them their lives. I think that all these measures and precautions should be taken because so many people are dying from texting and driving, even if they're not the ones who are doing it! IT HAS TO STOP! What I can personally do to make more people aware of this issue? To make people more aware of this issue, I has several ideas to communicate the message. Steps to take at school: I had the idea of printing out some flyers and making some posters and hanging them around the school so people could see them. I thought I might ask my principal to issue an announcement over the PA system, warning students about texting and driving. One more idea I had was to start a club, with the help of a teacher, to educate and teach people about texting while driving. I thought we might hold meetings and organize events to stop teenage texting while driving. Steps to take in my community: Print out flyers and put them in people's mailboxes warning them not to text and drive, and about the outcomes. Make yard signs and put them in my yard saying that we support anti-texting and driving so hopefully people driving by can see them and be aware. I fully support NO texting and driving. I believe that if you text and drive, you put your own life at risk, and other people's lives. What is there to gain from texting and driving...? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951952/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951952/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951952/ Actual Fatalities: Fatalities with text messaging
Predicted Fatalities: Fatalities without text messaging.
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