The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nine Americans are killed everyday due to distracted driving: that includes taking one’s eyes off the road and sending text messages. 46 states have passed laws that ban texting while driving.
According to DMV report, a person sending a text message while driving a car is exposed to the same danger as a driver who drives in 60 miles an hour, closing his or her eyes the entire time. Therefore, many drivers in large cities experience catastrophic accidents every year.
Many young drivers agree that it is dangerous to text while driving because one isn’t aware of what is happening on the road and also agree that many notifications on their smartphones can wait until they have reached their destination. They believe that their life is not something they want to exchange for a text message.
Many media outlets have also campaigned in various ways to reveal the dangers of texting while driving in an effort to prevent it from happening. For example, a commercial showing a friend, sitting in the passenger seat, who holds the driver’s hand every time the driver reaches for his or her phone is highly popular. It is humorous to see the awkward tension between the driver and the passenger, but it sends a good message as well.
Many experts have also tried to create preventative technology as well. For example, one expert presented a GPS anti-texting program that would automatically prevent a person’s phone from sending any text messages or accessing the internet once it senses that the person is moving at a certain rate of speed. However, technological inventions to help prevent catastrophe at the hands of technology is a barrier that is harder to overcome than expected.
In the end, many more inventions are being created and many more campaigns are being broadcast in order to prevent such large amounts of death because of something as small as texting while driving. Ultimately, there is a sense of individual responsibility that cannot be left out of the equation. * This article was edited for publication purposes.