Cell Phones and Distracted Driving A Visual Presentation by Haley Organ

By Gail B. Stewart

Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day.

Texting, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading maps, adjusting the radio are examples of distracted driving that endanger the driver, the passengers, and bystanders.

In Cell Phones and Distracted Driving a father was with his kids as they began to argue in the back seat. However, them arguing distracted the dad which led to him rear ending into the car in front of him.

People blaring music can distract others surrounding or even the driver having the music up so loud that they don't know what's going on around them.

There could be an ambulance coming behind you with a patient rushing to the hospital to seek medical attention. That patient may or may not make it to the hospital alive because you didn't hear the sirens and move out of the way. What could be worse is that you may know that person, but you don't know that they're in there.

Notifications will get your attention while you're driving. You would want to check who snapchatted you, or who commented on your Instagram post. You can check that later. That notification isn't going anywhere.

Using navigation, especially first time users, you will hesitate and not know where you're going. It distracts you from the road while you're watching your phone navigate you to your location. Or, on the other hand, it'll make you go down the wrong way on a one-way street.

Believe it or not people are using selfie sticks while driving to video their vehicle and post it on social media. This is a major distraction as you're focusing more on your phone and making sure it doesn't drop there than keeping your eyes on the road and focusing on where you're going.

Some of this stuff shouldn't be news to you, and everyone knows better. We just keep doing it as teenagers because we have a mind set of not caring. But once you get in one of those moments or you even lose a close person from it then reality will hit you.

No matter how cool you think you look doing whatever in your car that keeps you distracted it's not cool to everybody else that surrounds you.

Just put the phone down, pay attention to your surroundings, and don't act like a fool. Your phone and your friends will be there once you get where you're going.

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