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Driving under the Textfluence Tabitha Smith

CGD 218 David Bouvin May 17, 2010

Manual²taking your hands off the wheel . minimum legal drinking age laws. in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. texting. these activities can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash. Some examples of effective measures are: Aggressively enforcing existing 0. This amounts to one death every 45 minutes. Using in-vehicle technologies (such as GPS systems) and portable communication devices can also be sources of distraction (www.gov) y Each day. drinking.cdc. more than 16 people are killed and more than 1.08% BAC laws. But.Texting 2 Driving has always had its distractions and influences that have impaired drivers and caused accidents. eating. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Every day. and zero tolerance laws for drivers younger than 21 years old in all states y y Promptly revoking the driver's licenses of people who drive while intoxicated Requiring mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment for DWI offenders (www.300 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. and talking with passengers. Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone. The main types of distractions are: Visual²taking your eyes off the road.cdc.gov). there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving. 32 people in the United States die.

according to CTIA ± The Wireless Association. The´put it down´ campaign has been organized by the U.gov) (www. Department of Transportation. For many. The scope of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of a fatal crash has increased from 8 percent in 2004 to 11 percent in 2008. nearly 6. Engaging in other activities while driving does not allow one to have full attention on the road.cdc. M The key message is to put down the distraction and pay attention while you are driving. it is the only kind of telephone they possess. One of the most commonly recognized distractions is cell phone use. have a cell phone.000 people were injured.cdc.gov) While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others. (www. or approximately 277 million of all Americans.000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver and more than 500. In a recent NHTSA .cdc.gov) Texting while driving has become a very serious problem.distraction.S. Cell phone subscriptions have grown exponentially from 1988 through 2009. texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction.Texting 3 Cognitive²taking your mind off what you are doing (www. About 89 percent. In 2008. (www.gov) My first approach is the logo of the Put it down campaign.

gov) . Not surprisingly.distraction. Unlike impaired driving. public-private partnership of community and health groups. law enforcement. Parents can set a good example by also not texting while driving. These partners realize that eliminating distractions while driving will save lives and reduce costs associated with crashes caused by distracted drivers. everyone must be part of the solution.distraction.distraction. (www. they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing. most individuals (77 percent) reported that they talk on the phone while driving at least some of the time. driving while distracted is harder to be regulated and proven. public officials. (www. Younger. (www. safety advocates.gov) Drivers honestly do not realize the dangers that are posed when they take their eyes and minds off the road and their hands off the wheel and focus on activities other than driving.Texting 4 survey. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. (www. businesses. concerned citizens and those who have lost loved ones because of a distracted driver. And because everyone is potentially affected when drivers are distracted. (www.gov) ³Put It Down´ is a broad. inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest capacity of distraction-related fatal crashes.distraction.gov) Our youth drivers are at the biggest risk of driving while texting and causing a traffic accident injury or even worse a death.gov) Drivers need to become more responsible and realize the dangers they are not only posing on themselves but onto others as well.distraction. legislators.

Texting 5 History has also shown for other issues like seat belt use.gov) (www. that when high visibility enforcement programs were implemented to enforce state laws. With a proven track record of success.infographicsshowcase. numbers of seat belt users increased dramatically. we are confident that this strategy will have the same effect on distracted drivers.com) .distraction. (www.

the largest age group texting while driving is 16-19 year olds. As you will see.Texting 6 My second approach is poster of a few statistics.distraction.infographicsshowcase. (www.gov) As you can see even with updated statistics we do not have many states enforcing laws to help get texting while driving under control and save lives.com) The third element to this poster is the map of the United States showing the laws by state banning texting while driving. . the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands ban hand. (www. While ³texting while driving´ you are 8 times more likely to cause an accident. It is also interesting that driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while talking on the cell phone are both 4 times more likely to cause an accident.held cell phone use for all drivers. The overall age bracket of distracted drivers due to texting is 16-34. and 25 States. In early 2010. We need to target this age bracket and make them aware of the danger they put themselves and others in when they distract themselves texting while driving.infographicsshowcase. Another 8 states ban text messaging by novice drivers and 1 state has a text messaging ban on novice and school bus drivers.com) The second element to the poster is the age breakdown. six States. 2010. the District of Columbia and Guam ban texting by all drivers. (www. 21 States have enacted graduated drivers licensing (GDL) laws. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have laws banning text messaging for all drivers. I choose this poster because I felt it was very informative.infographicsshowcase.com) I have found some updated statistics. As of May 13. As you can see this is not a small group of the American population and because of these numbers legislation has a lot of work ahead of them. Twenty-two states do not have any laws prohibiting text messaging. It gradually decreases to the age of 34. (www.

The video starts out with three teenagers in a car and the driver of the car is texting and as she is looking for who she wants to send the message to and veers out of her lane and hits an oncoming car and starts a series of collisions. I hope that after watching this film motorists will think twice before picking up their mobile phone when behind the wheel and realize that a quick . played out right before your eyes makes you realize how extremely dangerous it can be and what devastating consequences it can have. UK) present a half hour drama entitled 'COW' --The film that will stop you from texting and driving. like the one Cassie goes through.com) Seeing a scenario.com) My third approach is a YouTube video.youtube.Texting 7 (www." It is all about Cassie COWan a nice girl from a Gwent valleys family who kills four people on the road because she used her mobile and lost her concentration for a few seconds. Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police (Gwent is located in southeast Wales. The video was originally supposed to be a trailer for a 30 minute film called COW. (www.youtube.

(www. When people can see the real effects of their actions they tend to really think about the consequences.Texting 8 reply to a text message or answering a phone call is never worth putting theirs and other people¶s lives at risk. The public needs to see the truth to make a change. .com) I believe my third approach will be my most effective approach.youtube. We need to get more Public Service Announcements out to the public like the one I have shown in this paper.

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