While mobile devices are an important and convenient addition to the modern world, they can be deadly if used behind the wheel. Texting while driving even is against the law, but it hasn’t seemed to slow the tide of people using their devices inappropriately. The unfortunate conclusion is that often times there are dangerous consequences. Mobile devices such as cell phones have been linked to a significant increase in distracted driving. The sad and tragic results are serious car accidents with injuries and loss of life.
Statistics from the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show driver distraction was the cause of percent over 28 % of all fatal crashes in 2012. Fatalities from texting while driving killed 3,32818 people. Driving accident injuries involved 416,000 people. This is a growing problem, as people become more adept with their mobile devices, and doesn’t show any chance of slowing down or improving. Of particular concern is the teen driver.
In a Pew survey listed on the website of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), forty percent of all teenaged Americans admit to being in a car when the driver used a cell phone illegally, and were aware that it was dangerous. According to the FCC’s website, text messaging increases the likelihood of a auto accident by 23 times more than driving while not distracted. In the age group of drivers aged 18 to 20, eleven percent of those who survived a car accident admitted to either sending or receiving texts when the accident occurred.
Distracted driving endangers life and property. The FCC finds growing trend to be unacceptable. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski states that “Putting the brakes on the distracted driving epidemic will require both dedication and creative thinking, and the FCC is committed to doing its part to address this growing crisis.” The Federal Communications Commission takes texting and driving very seriously, and is embarking on several high visibility educational campaigns to reach the public. Through pushing new laws, to enforcement and increasing public awareness, the U.S. Department of Transportation is working to eliminate this deadly epidemic. Distracted driving is dangerous, period. Don’t do it. Teach your family members, especially your children, to enforce the no texting while driving rule while in either their own car, or a friends. It could save a life.