Distracted driving People are causing more accidents by not paying attention behind the wheel

Glossary

Campaign- work in an organized and active way toward a goal. This is critical to understanding the topic because people are working towards making the roads safer. In order to do that they are telling people the risks and putting a solution out there.

Tactics- an action or strategy. This is critical to understanding the topic because people have been using all the bad effects to scare teens into not texting and driving but it hasn't been working. The number of car accidents keeps increasing every year so these tactics obviously aren't working.

Surpassed- be greater/ better than. This is critical to understanding the topic because the number of accidents every year keeps increasing. It is getting to a point where no one really has a solution to limit the number of distractions behind the wheel.

Excessive- more than is necessary. This is critical to understanding the topic because the number of accidents every year is too high and the number of distractions behind the wheel keeps increasing. Accidents are going to keep increasing until people find a way to limit distractions.

Proliferation- rapid increase in numbers. This is critical to understanding the topic because the number of apple phones keeps increasing. The teens driving all have these phones and many phone have become attached to them which is causing problems behind the wheel.

Attributed- regard something as being caused by someone or something. This is critical to understanding the topic because the number of accidents is due to distractions. The number of people texting while driving keeps increasing and this is causing many accidents.

Indict- be accused of a crime. This word helps better understand the topic because in the article it talks about how the officer wasn't found guilty. This causes many tensions with the family and officers. There were probably many people made about the decision made.

Justified- having, done for, or marked by a good or legitimate reason. This word helps understand the topic better because in this situation, the officer feels bad for the family but doesn't feel he should get charged for his actions.

What makes texting and driving so dangerous?

Texting and driving affects the way we drive and it affects others around us. According to FoxNews, “Drivers know it’s dangerous to text but do it anyway. Maybe worse, some believe they can multitask while driving”. Some drivers believe that they can text and drive and not be affected and some know that it's not safe to text and drive but they still do it. “And the impulse to continue dangerous behavior is strong. We compulsively check our phones because of a neurochemical in the brain that makes us feel happy, according to Greenfield. This creates a sense of withdrawal when we’re not using the phone,” says Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Connecticut. By checking your phone constantly, you are taking your focus off the road. Many people don't realize how much this can affect them.

What causes people to text and drive?

There are many things that make people want to text and drive or even look at their phone while they are driving even when they realize that it is dangerous. “Addiction is what drives the behavior. There is a psychological mechanism where [people] deny the fact that this one instance will not be dangerous,” Says Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Connecticut. Toady, many people can't keep there face out of their phone and even though they know the affects that can happen if you text and drive, people still do it. A survey run by AT&T, a cellphone company found, “Forty-three percent of the texting drivers said they want to ‘stay connected’ to friends, family and work.” Most the people would text and drive know it's not safe but don't like the fact of not seeing what someone says or post every second. Many people don't realize that doing anything like texting or calling someone can make you a worse driver because your full attention isn't on the road.

Is talking what you are gonna text as dangerous as actually texting it while driving?

Texting while driving isn't safe but taking what you would've texted takes just as much focus off the road as it would if you were manually texting it. Researchers from The Associated Press found, “But talking on a hands-free phone isn’t significantly safer for drivers than talking on a hand-held phone, and using hands-free devices that translate speech into text is the most distracting of all.” Both talking and texting are dangerous and can affect the way you drive and they are both very dangerous. “Talking or texting from behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as drunk driving,” says Senator Dick Codey. Doing anything other than driving is dangerous behind the wheel but anytime you take your eyes off the road you become a harm to everyone.

Is talking what you are gonna text as dangerous as actually texting it while driving?

Texting while driving isn't safe but taking what you would've texted takes just as much focus off the road as it would if you were manually texting it. Researchers from The Associated Press found, “But talking on a hands-free phone isn’t significantly safer for drivers than talking on a hand-held phone, and using hands-free devices that translate speech into text is the most distracting of all.” Both talking and texting are dangerous and can affect the way you drive and they are both very dangerous. “20% of accidents were recorded as a distraction,” says GuardChild protecting children in the digital age. Doing anything other than driving is dangerous behind the wheel but anytime you take your eyes off the road you become a harm to everyone.

Are there any plans to decreases the number of accidents?

The number of accidents are due to people not caring enough about themselves or any of the people around them. Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation at Toyota Motor North America says, “That's why we are engaged in programs and research that help ensure that drivers and passengers are safe at every stage of life, and we are proud to partner with DoSomething.org on such a creative and effective approach to address the very real dangers of texting and driving." This program will let people know about the real problems with texting and driving and hopefully change some people behaviors. Another solution to decrease the number of people texting and driving is, “The app silences incoming text message alerts, turns on automatically when one drives 15 MPH or more and turns off shortly after one stops, AT&T said in a statement,” Says Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Connecticut. This app will help not only the people who have been texting and driving but it will keep everyone safe on the road and limit people from texting and driving or using their phone in general when behind the wheel.

This is relevant to my topic because many people don't realize what can happen when you take your eyes off the road and now she realizes what texting and driving can do. She admitted to being addicted to her phone before the accident and now she realizes how much taking your eyes off the road for just one second can change your life.

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