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Teen Driving Issues Project: Phones and Driving

Drivers Ed Florida Virtual School
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Isabella Martinez

on 8 July 2013

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Transcript of Teen Driving Issues Project: Phones and Driving

Organizations Trying to Solve this Problem
The government has been working hard to create restrictions on cellphone use while driving, in order to prevent more cellphone related accidents from taking place. They haven't been able to completely ban all cellphone use, but this is what they have accomplished so far.
Texting while driving is prohibited in 41 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and D.C.
All cellphone use is banned for novice drivers in 37 states and D.C.
All cellphone use is banned for school bus drivers in D.C. and 19 states.
Websites like the "Governors Highway Safety Association" are helping to solve this problem by making information about cellphone and driving laws, and statistics regarding cellphone related accidents available to the public.
Another organization that has been working hard to prevent accidents due to cellphone distraction is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By collecting data and researching reasons for teen crashes for several years, the NHTSA has been able to come up with solutions for these problems, such as creating a Graduated Drivers License Programs. These programs require young drivers between 15 and 18 to go through a more rigorous driver training in order to ensure they properly understand traffic laws and driver safety before they can obtain a license with full driving rights. This program allows young and inexperienced drivers to reinforce their driving knowledge, and forces them into good driving habits which could reduce phone use among teens while driving, and uultimatey the amount of teen deaths on the road.
Bibliography
http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html
Used for information on cellphone and driving laws.
http://www.iii.org/issues_updates/teen-drivers.html
Used for information on the NHTSA
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811649.pdf
Used for statistics on distracted teen driving crashes in 2010

Teen Driving Issues Project:
When I begin driving, I will turn off my phone and put it in a locked glove compartment to keep myself from being a distracted driver. Not only will this keep me from getting into accidents on the road, but it will also keep my passengers safe and encourage them to do the same while driving.
Every time I am the passenger in a distracted driver's car, I will warn them about the dangers of using a phone while driving, and remind them that they are not only responsible for their lives, but the lives of their passengers as well.
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Interacting with a phone while driving is a large, and (sadly) common problem among adolescents. In this day and age, technology allows us to communicate with friends and family in a myriad of ways, including tweets, vines, and pictures on instagram. These social media sites are very popular among teenagers, and can often become addicting. Because these sites are available on cellphones, they often become a distraction to teens while driving. If phones are not turned off while in the car, notifications from these sites can distract teen drivers, and tempt them to take a quick glance to see what their friends are up to. What most teenagers don't realize, is that one "quick" glance away from the road could cost them their life.
Because cellphones and social networking are common among teens, many car accidents with phone related causes are also common.
Statistics Regarding Phone Related Teen Crashes
In 2010, 403 people died in crashes caused by distracted drivers (distractions such as texting, phones, etc) 221 of which were teens.
The number of distracted teen drivers involved in fatal crashes the same year were 368.
There isn't much data available on phone related crashes, because once damage is done to the vehicle and passengers, under the wreckage it is difficult to tell when phones are the cause of an accident.
Isabella Martinez
Phones and Driving
Why is this a problem, especially for teen drivers?
Part 1: Identifying the Issue
Part 2: Solutions For the Issue
My Ideas on How to Solve this Problem
What I can Personally do to Make People More Aware of this Issue

So far, the government has dealt with teen driving and texting very well. The states that have banned all cellphone use for novice drivers have made a very smart decision by doing so. This allows novice drivers to get used to driving without being distracted and get in the habit of doing so. This allows for less distracted drivers on the road, and therefore less risk of an accident. I believe that if all states in the U.S. adopted the following laws, our streets would become safer.
No hand-held cellphone use while driving
No cellphone use at all for novice drivers
No texting while driving
No cellphone use at all for bus drivers (both school and public buses)
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