When first learning how to drive it is scary and most people are nervous. The more a person drives the easier it gets and people become less nervous. When a driver reaches that point of not being so nervous anymore they become comfortable with doing other tasks while driving. As for texting, it comes way more natural to people and is now used very often. People believe that they can multitask while texting and driving a vehicle at the same time. Although in the back of a person’s mind they know it is dangerous but continue to do it. Most drivers that text and drive who cause accidents and deaths are narrowed down to the young drivers. The young drivers are between the ages 17 and 24 who are careless because they do not think and instead should always think of the importance of being safe while driving. Most teenagers and young adults worry about their appearance and always getting together with their friends. Would it be worth it to look nice and feel nice but then you choose to text while driving and you cause an accident? Now either yourself or the people in the other vehicle are seriously injured or possibly dying would your appearance matter at that moment? Most teenagers and young adults worry about getting together with their friends which isn’t a problem the issue is what if you were to get into your car start driving and immediately star texting now at that moment you’re not thinking but just imagine an accident were to happen whether it was you, someone in a vehicle around you, or even the person you were messaging causes an accident. Someone or yourself is going to get seriously injured or possibly lose their life but if you think about it is it worth it to text and drive knowing these situations can happen. Most teenagers and young adults worry about their cellphones and as you are reading this most of you can agree and know that this is true. You value your cellphones because it does everything that you can ask for, right? You can make phone calls, send emails, take photos, download games and music, and you can text message. There will always be the question of but what if you were to cause an accident and you or the innocent people got seriously injured or causes death would your cellphones matter to you at that moment. Would it be worth it to injure yourself or others on the road weather it is someone walking, riding a bike, riding a motorcycle, or in another car. That is a thought to keep in mind and try to understand the solutions that others offer to prevent people from being injured and dying.

     Texting while driving is known as distracted driving and is extremely dangerous. When driving a vehicle, the person behind the wheel needs to focus on the road in front of them. Also, a person driving needs to pay close attention the other cars near them. How can you focus on the road if your staring at your phone screen? The answer is you cannot do both of those things at the exact same time. The research shows that people who tried to attempt the challenge of texting and driving were unsuccessful and majority of the people caused serious injury or death. According to the Journal of Psychology, young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 are the most causing of near accidents and deaths from texting and driving. Young people who drive should know this is a huge problem and is leading to an increased number of deaths which is the reason why people should not text and drive.

     According to the Advances in Transportation Studies distracted driving which is including texting and driving is a major cause for deadly and serious injury crashes. That is the reason why all drivers need to know of a solution for this problem. USA Today, suggests that cell phones have a motion sensor in other words a speedometer to detect when a vehicle is in motion and when it is at a certain speed the cell phone will then automatically disable the keyboard and the phone will shut off. Not only will the cellphone detect a certain speed but there should be cellphone detectors inside of vehicles so that way the cell phones are guaranteed to shut off when the vehicle is reaching a faster speed.  This will aid the young drivers on the road from texting and driving. This solution will assist the young drivers from being distracted from their cell phones that they are texting from.

     This solution was not created or thought of by me it was suggested by USA Today wrote in a newspaper article called “Keep Drivers’ Eyes on Road, off Cellphones.” This suggestion really caught my eye I strongly recommend on enforcing this solution to all young drivers because nobody deserves to get seriously injured or possible die because either they themselves were texting and driving or got in an accident due to another person doing so. According to Stephanie Hanes in the newspaper article called “Bans on Texting While Driving Don’t Reduce Crashes.” Explained that texting and driving is as equally dangerous and causing the same amount of deaths as drinking and driving. Therefore, this solution of cellphones having a speedometer motion sensor is a great way to help prevent these problems of injuries and deaths. We cannot completely stop the issue but at least we can help to decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by the distraction of texting while being behind the wheel of a car

     Another solution can be that when a police officer witnesses a driver texting while their car is in motion then they should pull the person over and give them a ticket and fine the driver as a warning to not do it again. Then the officer would have to verbally let the driver know that it was only a warning but the next time they were to get pulled over again they would have to go to court and take a class on the dangers of texting and driving and it would be placed on their driving record. Let me tell you why that would not work and would not stop people from texting and driving. When drinking and driving you somewhat get the same penalties that I just explained and yet it doesn’t stop individuals from drinking and driving and hurting themselves or others. So simply applying the same restrictions for texting and driving will not help solve the problem. That is why the suggested solution that cell phones have a motion sensor and speedometer to detect when a vehicle is in motion and when it is at a certain speed the cell phone will then automatically disable the keyboard and the phone will shut off. Not only will the cellphone detect a certain speed but there should be cellphone detectors inside of vehicles so that way the cell phones are guaranteed to shut off when the vehicle is reaching a faster speed.

     This solution will definitely not solve the problem of texting and driving but it will decrease the numbers of serious injuries and possible deaths. This solution can be beneficial to all young drivers who are easily distracted by their text messages. It will better help young drivers to understand that they cannot multitask while texting and driving a vehicle at the same time. Texting while driving is known as distracted driving and is extremely hazardous. It is important to remember that when driving a vehicle, the person behind the wheel needs to focus on the road in front of them. That is a thought to keep in mind and try to understand the solutions that others offer to prevent people from being injured and dying. If young drivers know the rules of driving and know how unsafe it is to text and drive then they need to stop and think about the consequences that follow behind it. All lives matter and we should listen and follow the safety rules to help save innocent lives!

Works Cited

Gormley, Emma. “Indiana’s Texting-While-Driving Ban: Why Is It Not Working and How Could It Be Better?.” Indiana Law Journal, vol. 91, 2016 Supplement, pp. 87-104. EBSCOhost,chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=119429361&site=ehost-live.

Farah, H., et al. “Impact of Distracting Activities and Drivers’ Cognitive Failures on Driving Performance.” Advances in Transportation Studies, no. 1, 2016 Special Issue, pp. 71-82. EBSCOhost, doi:10.4399/978885489179107.

Ferdinand, Alva O., et al. “Impact of Texting Laws on Motor Vehicular Fatalities in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 104, no. 8, Aug. 2014, pp. 1370-1377. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2105/AHPH.2014.301894.

Hanes, Stephanie. “Bans on Texting While Driving Don’t Reduce Crashes, Study Says.” Christian Science Monitor, 28 Sept. 2010. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=53975523&site=ehost-live.

“Keep Drivers’ Eyes on Road, off Cellphones.” USA Today, n.d. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=J0E075000152214&site=ehost-live.

Terry, Christopher P. and Danielle L. Terry. “Cell Phone-Related near Accidents among Young Drivers: Associations with Mindfulness.” Journal of Psychology, vol. 149, no. 7, Oct. 2015, pp. 665-683. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/00223980.2014.964166.

Weber, Ann. “Texting and Driving: The Deadliest Distraction.” School Library Journal, vol. 61, no. 1, Jan. 2015, p. 50. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=110786106&site=ehost-live.

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