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Gomez 1 Nicholas Gomez Reba Bailey English 101-074 18 April 2011 Unit 2 Research Paper On March 26, 2010 my world changed forever. It was a beautiful day out so of course, like usual, my sister took my niece and nephews out for a drive. Little did she know that this drive would affect each and every one of her loved ones. She took her eyes off the road for a split second causing her to drift onto the shoulder, eventually overcorrecting which sent the car into a tumbling motion off the side of the road. By the time help had arrived it was too late; my sister was gone; taken by a mere distraction while driving. She was only 27 years old. The effects of distracted driving really aren’t worth it in the long run. Yes, of course they do happen and the example above is first hand evidence of that, but things are beginning to get a little excessive and unnecessary with the incorporation of texting and driving as well as talking on the phone while driving. It seems as if since “these devices are integrated into everyday life, drivers mistakenly assume they can be used safely while operating a motor vehicle” (Jacobsen) which is far from the truth. According to the CAEP “more than 85% of cell phone users admitted to using their phone on at least one occasion while driving, and more than 27% used their phones during half or more of their trips” so it’s clear to me that society does know of this epidemic that the majority of drivers seem fall victim to, however I feel as though only the basics are being portrayed. Since the basics are all that is being portrayed it’s as if the people only take in so much and in doing so they just blow it all off as if it’s nothing. The many facts and statistics of
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Gomez 2 distracted driving need to come out and an overall awareness of this problem needs to be spread throughout the society. We must take responsibility and take a stand against distracted driving. Where can we look for information about distracted driving? And how can we get involved in spreading awareness about it? Well of course there is always online for a start, as well as your local car insurance company or even the Department of Motor Vehicles themselves. The information is definitely not limited and support groups against distracted driving are being formed daily. One in particular goes by the name of Focus Driven. Focus Driven is a “nonprofit organization devoted specifically to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving… [and] is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which has successfully changed society’s attitudes towards drinking and driving” (Group to Raise Awareness of Distracted Driving). This is a step in the right direction. They have modeled themselves after an already successful and very effective organization in the community. Focus Driven is created to host “information on distracted driving, [provide] help for victims and family members, and suggest ways to get involved” and the group leader Jennifer Smith also proclaimed that “it is
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