Have you ever been driving down the road and you see someone swerving in the lanes? You might think to yourself that maybe that person had something strong to drink but it’s too early in the day for that, but you do notice something; a cell phone.
Texting and driving is becoming a worldwide epidemic.
Dangers of Texting Behind the Wheel
The use of cell phones while driving has been an issue for many years. With time, people got so obsessed with these gadgets, that talking or texting suddenly became irresistible. The enticement of cell phones was such that people were just not able to stop using a cell phone even while driving.
But obviously, this was like spelling doom for oneself, as juggling between driving and conversing caused distraction, which, in turn, resulted in accidents. The craving to reply to a text message always got the better of the person and suddenly texting became one of the major causes of motor accidents in the United States―almost at par with drinking.
Some Staggering Facts
According to dmv.org, the numbers against texting and driving are staggering.
In the United States:
- 26% of all car crashes in 2014 involved cell phone use.
- At least 9 people are killed every day because of a distracted driver.
- More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to a distracted driver.
- In 2015 42% of teens say they have texted while driving—and texting and driving is the leading cause of death in teens.
When you’re involved in a texting conversation while driving, it’s too easy to forget that you’re sharing the road with other people. For example, in the five seconds it takes to look at your phone or send a text, you have moved past the length of the football field (moving at 55 mph). It’s very easy to not pay attention to the road in that time.
Texting and driving can carry some harsh penalties. These penalties include:
- Hefty fines.
- License suspension.
- Rise in auto insurance rates.
- Prison time.
Texting while driving is considered one of the major causes of accidents, not just in the United States, but also in several parts of the world. Though laws against the use of cell phones while driving do exist, implementing them is not an easy task, and therefore, the onus is on you as an individual to understand this practice and refrain from it.