Just Drive. By: Keion Powers
If your friend is Distracted while driving, try to take over their distractions. Try texting their friend back for them or turning down their radio. Even you being quiet will help take away from their distractions
Donâ€™t take a life over a text! Take action! Be responsible! Turn off your phone while driving! Turn down the system! Treat the road and others with respect! Live! And Live Long!
Are You Distracted While Driving?
LIVE LIFE AND DRIVE SAFE
INFORMING THE PEOPLE
By: Alyssa Vance
Have you ever been in a car accident before? If you have, have you ever wondered how it happened, maybe a distracted driver? Well I think that cell phones should be shut down or put away until the driver reaches his or her destination. Cell phones are the leading cause of distracted car accidents and cause many crashes. If we go through with this idea it could cause fewer crashes reducing the number of injuries and deaths, prevent people from having fines, and making it so we're not as distracted while driving.
Ron Galaviz from Indiana State Police Department
First off this will impact so many lives by reducing the crashes from distracted driving. In the year 2011 over 3,000 people were killed from distracted driving crashes, most of which were from texting. Then another 387,000 were injured due to distracted driving (Ron Galaviz). Don't ever doubt that it could be you next time, you could be among them. Texting and calling people is a major distraction and you can really lose your focus on driving when your mind is off somewhere else. You may think one second that all is fine and that nothing will happen to you but it can change just like that. Even if it's not you texting while driving if it's your parent or friend say something. If you're in the car with a distracted driver, your life is at risk. You can prevent this speak up
and make a change. Take it away from them if that's what it takes; anything to keep you safe and out of harm's way. We want people to be able to live their lives and grow up to do great things. Don't take that chance away just to answer a text, that can wait. Secondly, this would prevent you from getting fines. Do you really want to waste your money paying a $500 fine because of texting? You can use that money for better use. A few years back over 2,000 citations were given to people in Indiana (Ron Galaviz). Those fines would reach up to $500 and in some cases even more. That is too many citations just for texting and phone usage. Just wait until you're parked or out of the car to answer your phone. I think in most cases your messages you receive can wait. It's not worth risking death just to answer someone. It's not the end of the world you will live literally if you don't answer your text while driving. So just follow the rules and spend your money on something useful not to pay a fine. Thirdly, with your cell phone turned off or at least put aside you will be so much more focused on the road ahead. Driving is a privilege, take it seriously. It's rude that people take advantage of this and risk death each time they hit the road. If there's something important you got to know or say just pull over and text back. It's not worth it to put your life and others in danger. People didn't give you a license to go out and cause crashes; they gave it to you to get from one place to another quickly because they trust you are capable of doing so. So take driving seriously and just get to wherever you need to go without fear of getting in a wreck. Lastly, I understand that you may be disagreeing even with all these points I have made. I get it there may be an emergency, just it's not
hard to pull over and check it. You may think that the cops will never catch you with your phone but how about if they do? It has happened, and it could happen to you don't doubt it. You may listen the stories of others who were in crashes and think that will never be you. Don't think that it can't happen to you. Yes, you can help prevent this from happening but in reality, it can happen at any moment. Just put your phone aside while you're driving on the road. Trust me you don't want to be responsible for a crash that kills or injures someone. The only thing I don't understand is why are we still doing this? Think about it when 9/11 happened around 3,000 people died. We as a country stood up and put a stop to that even to this day. Then we go off and every year thousands of people are dying because of distracted driving. It does not make any sense that on that day we stood up and put a stop that but we go along everyday carelessly getting in wrecks because of distracted drivers. To put it that way it makes us seem like the bad guy. We can prevent this and make it more safe for our community. I think that we should shut off our phones and other devices while driving a car. Even the other things that distract your everyday driving just put a stop to it. It can save many lives and prevent you from receiving fines. By doing this, we can reduce the number of deaths and injuries a year and put our money to good use. Just take time before you get into the car to tell them that I will talk to you later or something like that. By doing these things, people can live out their lives and not have a fear of getting in a crash on the roads. So please, the next time you go for a drive turn off your phone and resist those distractions. Live life and drive safe.
By: Bradley Warren
car accidents each year involve cell phone use – that's 1.3 million crashes (Cell Phone and Driving Statistics). Why risk your life and the lives of others while you're driving? Think for a second… is it worth it? Put your phone on car mode and make it to your destination safely.
While driving distracted you're not only putting yourself in danger, but you're also risking the lives of others driving. Did you know that while driving distracted you are 23 times more likely to be in a car wreck, you're taking your focus and eyes off the road, and maybe hands off the road? According to Edgar Snyder and Associates, texting while driving takes your eyes off the road 400% more, and that the average time it takes to send a short text message you have traveled a full football field going 55 mph. On a daily basis, 11 teens will die due to texting and driving. Aside from texting and driving, there are many other forms of distracted driving such as, talking to other passengers, playing music to loud, talking on the phone, and so on. Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in a car crash. Talking on the phone makes you 4 times more likely to be in a car crash. While Blue tooth devices are hands free, they are still a distraction because you are taking your mind off the road. When you drive distracted, your reaction time is that of 70 year-old man. Thousands of teens and adults die each year from distracted driving, so is it worth it? Edgar Snyder and Associates say a teen driver riding with one other passenger doubles risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. With two or more passengers the risk goes to five times more likely for a fatal car crash. It has been estimated that 23% of all
Survey Results Say...
By: Keion Powers
Our Algebra 2 classes took some data from watching cars go by around Fort Wayne to see what kind of distractions people had when driving. Even though some of the data may be rough, they got many numbers. Above is a set of numbers showing the different kinds of distractions, and how many people had these distractions. As you can see some of the higher distractions were Children playing in the car, people talking to the passengers, and the infamous phone distractions. If you add the texting and talking on the phone, you get roughly 124 people using their phone while driving. Let’s decrease these numbers and make the streets safer.
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