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Laflamme 1Aaron LaflammeProfessor Miller English Comp22 March 2020The Dangers of Distracted DrivingDistracted driving has been, in recent years, gaining major attention in the United States. Many people have been injured or killed due to another driver or themselves being distracted behind the wheel. 37.1% of respondents completely agree that distractions on your mobile deviceimpair your ability to drive safely, yet 28.6% of all respondents admitted to texting and driving as their number one distracted driving behavior, over video-chatting, engaging with work emails,and taking photos or videos (The Zebra). This problem has grown so much recently that there arenow laws against it. The laws that have been created by politicians are the direct result of the growing importance it has become among concerned citizens. The laws that have been passed involving distracted driving should be far more strict because even most of the simple tasks can make driving as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Everyday things like putting on makeup or eating are just as hazardous as someone who is drunk driving. Both can injure and kill someone in an instant. Most people do not realize the dangers of taking one’s eyes off the road for only a mere second. Anything to impair one’s ability to operate a vehicle puts other people’s lives in danger. Laws regarding distracted driving need to be more strict in the United States in order to help keep more citizens safe. The numbers of things a person can do in their car when they are driving are countless. Some of the more common things people usually do are texting, eating, drinking, conversing with others, putting on makeup, using a map or navigation system, and adjusting a radio, CD, or
Laflamme 2mp3 player. Drivers may think that taking their eyes off the road for a second to change a CD or fix their lip-gloss will not cause them to have an accident but indeed it will. According to distraction.gov, they state that “18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes”. Another website, textinganddrivingsaftey.com says that “In 2011, at least 23%of all auto collisions involved cell phones”. That number of crashes should alarm most people, but most think it’s only about texting and driving. People do not put into account the other common distractions they fail to think twice about. Lawmakers have already made laws against texting and driving, but the laws need to be more heavily mandated. Some politicians are trying to take a stand against distracted driving but do not seem to be making much progress. Statistics clearly display how distracted driving is causing more and more accidents every year, which should show people that they need to take action to keep these numbers from reaching a deadly new high.

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