November 26, 2012
There are infinite distractions that keep drivers from completely focusing on driving safely. The radio, passengers in the car, bright and colorful signs on the side of the road, the adorable dog with his head out the window of the car next to you, and so many more. It is up to the driver to keep their focus while driving. Whether it is letting the front passenger be in charge if the radio so that you don't have to fiddle with the knobs and buttons to find your favorite station, or just asking everyone in the car to keep quiet, the smallest change could make you a safer driver. One distraction seems to have people almost defeated though; cell phones. Driving while intexticated is an epidemic hitting all drivers everywhere. Even people who do not text and drive are at risk. Anyone on the road texting while driving threatens the lives of everyone on the road. No one wants to wait to check that important text message they can feel buzzing in their pocket. Cell phones often get the best of drivers. Texting and driving is a new danger to us, but it is a huge one. It is not only rude, dangerous, selfish, and ignorant, it also shows how enslaved people have become to technology if they would rather put themselves and many others at risk than wait to check a text.
A distracted driver is any driver that takes their eyes off of the road for any purpose. These are considered to be more severe than a person driving drunk or high. Teenager drivers are partially likely to drive distracted, but mainly adults, ages thirty to thirty-nine year olds. This is because adults believe that they have more experience to driving, so they "know" their surroundings. (http://wsdotfederalfunding.blogspot.com/2010/12/who-texts-drives-most-hint-not-teens.html) Bus driver’s are less likely to be distracted while driving and are at 6 percent of total fatal crashes in 2009. (http://factspy.net/statistics-of-distracted-driving/) Out...