Texting and Driving Can Change

Summary:

After researching about texting and driving it has come to a conclusion, that there have been just as many accidents with general public who says “they are cautious when they are texting while driving.” There have been numerous fatal accidents and injuries, every year the percentage of it keeps going up. If we all take a stand against texting and driving, there will be a great amount of injuries and deaths drop just by paying more attention to what is ahead of you when you drive.

“Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent – at 55 mph – of driving the length of an entire football field, blind (NHTSA).Rather than what is on your cell phone, this doesn’t go just for texting, but also checking emails, answering calls, or even just looking at your phone.Dont-Text-and-Drive

Problem:

Instead of adults being role models like they should to their own children or anyone for example. There have been reports of teenagers stating that parents might say not to text and drive, but teenagers say parents’ text and drive while the children are in the car. Whether you realize it or not, you’re young teen whose of driving age is watching you like a hawk every time you’re behind the wheel. If you engage in distracted driving behavior such as texting or talking on your cell phone, don’t think your actions are going unnoticed (Kane 1).” It’s hard to try to make the roads safer for everyone, when it just takes one person to look away from the road and run a red light, hit a pedestrian, or even miss a curve in the road. Some believe that they are not the problem on the road because they have been driving for a long time, so they can’t make mistakes like the younger generations would.

You also have the people who don’t think about that they could harm another person, it doesn’t come to mind that texting while driving will hurt anyone else until it happens to them. Not very many innocent-harmless people are aware of what is going on around them when they are driving. They wouldn’t suspect that the car next to them would be texting while driving; who would be stupid enough? Then you have the people who admit to “I only use my phone when I am at a red light or a stop sign, I can’t harm anyone if I am at a stop.” That might be a smaller chance but still a risk no one should take.

Solution:

To be able to reduce accidents and fatalities, we all as individuals must take a stand and make sure to think before getting in the car to drive. Before you start your engine, put your phone somewhere you can’t tempt to reach for it, turn off your phone so it doesn’t distract you as you’re driving, or even if you have the control of not even bother with your phone at all. Think to yourself, “If I use my phone when I’m on the road driving, will there be a slight chance of me harming another human being on the road?” There are many thinks you can say or think to yourself to remind you that there is always a gamble that using your phone will cause an accident.

If you can’t control yourself when it comes to your cell phone when you drive, there are a few apps you can download to your phone to help you not text and drive:

Textecution ($29.99 one-time charge)
This Android app cuts off texting ability if the device is moving faster than 10 MPH. If a passenger is using the device, he or she may request an override. That request must be allowed by a Textecution “administrator,” such as a parent or employer (notified by text that the request is pending). If the user tries to remove Textecution, the administrator also gets a heads-up.

tXtBlocker
 ($6.99 monthly for a single user)
Compatible with a wide range of smartphones, this app allows users to customize the locations and times of day—such as routine commuting or driving times—when texts and phone calls aren’t accepted.

AT&T DriveMode
 (Free)
Available for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone, this app automatically sends a customized reply to incoming texts, just like an “out-of-office” autoreply. It also disables all ingoing and outgoing calls and Web browsing. Users manually enable the app before driving, though, so participation is strictly voluntary.

DriveSafe.ly ($3.99/month or $13.95/year for a single user) 
Instead of shutting down communications entirely, this app reads text messages and emails out loud in real time, including shortcuts like LOL, and sends an auto-response. You can even pick whether to have texts read to you with a male or female voice, or based upon the gender of the text sender.

Feasibility:

To be able to get a resolution there would need to be people who are willing to take a stand and spread the word of how dangerous texting while driving can be. It’s hard for law enforcement to catch a driver texting while driving. Because they aren’t just looking for drivers who are doing only that, officers has to keep their eyes open for other individuals who are breaking the law. The government is still looking for ways to stop texting while driving. “But for Connecticut and Massachusetts the federal government is giving $550,000.00 for pilot projects to crack down on people who text while driving (Eng 1).” As for some states the laws of texting while driving is not restricted, just take a look at the poll below:ban on texting pic

(Kvidera)

Conclusion:

One of the biggest ways we can help the younger generation understand texting while driving is not okay, is to be the role model they look up to. If adults “take their own word for it” kids and teenagers will understand that it is dangerous! “If my parents tell me not to do it when I drive, and I don’t see them do it. It is dangerous!” If we can’t cut down on texting around the country then teaching our kids before knowing how to drive will set a better example.

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NHTSA, . U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Blueprint For Ending Distracted Driving. Web. <http://www.distraction.gov/download/campaign-materials/8747-811629-060712-v5-Opt1-Web-tag.pdf&gt;.

Kane, Suzanne. “10 Tips To Help Your Teen Stop Texting And Driving.” Car Connections. 02 2012: 1. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1080176_10-tips-to-help-your-teen-stop-texting-and-driving&gt;.

“3 Apps to Stop Texting While Driving.” Technology comes to the rescue by reducing the temptation to drive distracted.. N.p.. Web. 27 Nov 2012. <http://www.mynationwidemagazine.com/3-apps-stop-texting-while-driving&gt;.

Kvidera, Max. Smart Driving. 2011. Over Drive OnlineWeb. 12 Dec 2012. <http://www.overdriveonline.com/smart-driving-11/&gt;.

Eng, James. “Texting while driving .” Connecticut, Massachusetts to use police spotters catch culprits in federal test. 17 2012: 1. Web. 12 Dec. 2012. <http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/17/14515654-texting-while-driving-connecticut-massachusetts-to-use-police-spotters-to-catch-culprits-in-federal-test?lite&gt;.

Don’t Text and Drive. N.d. GracevilletricountyWeb. 13 Dec 2012. <http://gracevilletricounty.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Dont-Text-and-Drive.jpg&gt;.

Fultonburg, Lorne. WBNG Partner to Fight Texting and Driving. 2012. WBNGWeb. 13 Dec 2012. <http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Raymond-Corp-WBNG-Partner-to-Fight-Texting-and-Driving-172979201.html&gt;.

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