Distracted Driving: Is There a Solution?

Ebani F

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According to the CDC on June 9, 2017, in the United States, at least nine people are killed and more than one thousand people are injured in automobile crashes because of distracted driving every day. The number of distracted driving accidents is steadily increasing every year because of the advancement in technology. Today, everyone has a phone and is using it at every free moment. Sometimes, driving long distances can grow tedious, especially with new drivers, and pulling out your phone to send a quick text can seem appealing. However, this action is a slippery slope that can lead to an accident. Consequently, a strategy is essential to solve this predicament. As of September of last year, texting and driving is one hundred percent illegal in the state of Texas, punishable by a fine or jail time. A simple solution is to have the rest of America follow suit and increase the punishment on texting and driving. However, this fix isn’t a panacea for distracted driving. I don’t think there’s any way to end distracted driving, but there are ways to prevent it. An increase in negative advertisement against distracted driving to try to deter young drivers from grabbing their phones while behind the wheel. While there isn’t a cure-all for distracted driving, a preemptive strike must be taken. By spreading the word to new and current drivers, we, as a community, can attempt to decrease the amount of lives stolen by automobile accidents and increase the awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, and to help drivers understand that using their phone isn’t worth losing their life.