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Drivers Ed: Teen Driving Project

The issue of cell phones and driving.

Jessica Pye

on 28 May 2013

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Teen Driving Issues Project The Issue: Cell Phones and Driving by Jessica Pye The issue of cell phones and driving affect drivers of all ages. Teens, however, seem to be injured more often and have a higher percentage of teen car crashes that are the results of talking on their cell phone or texting and driving.

• 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. • “In 2009, 11 percent of the people who died in distracted driving crashes were teens 15 to 19 years old. Out of all the teens who died in crashes in 2009, 18 percent died in crashes that involved distracted driving. Fifteen percent of teen drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash. “ Statistics Organizations trying to solve this problem: Safe Texting Campaign
“The Safe Texting Campaign's mission is to reduce/stop distracted driving through education and technology. Sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers – so many have been lost, injured or forever devastated by accidents resulting from texting and cell phone use while driving. Together we can stop this worldwide distracted driving crisis and stop it today!”
The STC is trying to stop the use of cell phones while driving by raising awareness through examples of victims that have lost loved ones or lost their own lives due to the distraction of texting and driving. They have numerous apps available to discourage the use of texting while driving. While the user is driving, the app displays a “Please Do Not Text and Drive” banner across the top of their phones home screen, just in case the driver mindlessly decides to write a text or look at their phone.

http://safetextingcampaign.com/ “ONE TEXT OR CALL
“Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, we have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue.”
http://www.distraction.gov/ I’m not sure if I have any of my own ideas that could potentially stop distracted driving. However, it might be a smart move on Florida's part to make texting and driving illegal. I’m pretty confident in the fact that no matter what we do, there will always be the use of cell phones while driving. Drivers will continue to talk on the phone, and teenagers will continue to text while on the road. It’s a sad fact, and one that could be easily prevented if people were to just stop and think.
I like to speak to my little sisters about the use of phones while driving. My parents taught me about the dangers of it, so now I feel as if it’s my job to teach those younger than me. I’ll set a good example by following my own advice. I won’t use my phone while driving. In case of an emergency where I absolutely need to call someone, I’ll pull over or pull into a parking lot. My own ideas for solving this problem: What can I personally do to make more people aware of this issue? Works Cited:
http://www.distraction.gov/ Graph statistics stating what distracts drivers the most. Texting causes strain and distraction in many ways to the driver. Cell phones are a visual, manual and mental distraction all in one. Graphed statistics charting what distracts women the most while they're behind the wheel.
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