Distracted and texting while driving accidents are dangerous, claiming 3,450 lives in 2016 in the United States. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system--anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Texting while driving is deadly. There are statistics that argue texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving or driving while intoxicated. When someone is texting, their eyes, along with their attention, is not on the road. We live in a very technically advanced society where we want to be constantly up-to-date with sending and receiving new information. Whether it's posting a tweet or emailing a friend, with the use of smart phones we are continuously able to access the latest news. While it is important to have access to our phones and to communicate with each other, texting while driving is deadly. Although it is important to have a cellular phone available for use when emergencies on the road happen, the use of cell phones while driving has become too casual. There are many occasions when we hear the ping of a text message while we are driving and are tempted to read and send a reply. The constant need to be in communication with others can lead us to be extremely distracted while driving. While a driver is looking down at a cell phone for a mere 5 seconds a motor vehicle traveling 55 mph can cover the distance of a football field. Approximately 23% of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States involve cellular phone use. Additionally, 1 out of 5 individuals admit to surfing the Internet while driving. These numbers account for over 1.3 million accidents per year. Though in Wisconsin we are still allowed to use cellular phones to make calls while driving; texting while driving, as well as inattentive driving is strictly prohibited. Texting, accessing the internet and even talking on the phone while driving puts not only ourselves, but other drivers and passengers on the road at risk. Though it may be tempting while driving to log into Facebook to get the latest update from friends or to quickly check the Brewers' score, the results can have devastating and permanent physical and mental personal injuries.