McKenzie B

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The primary responsibility for the safe driving of a vehicle rests with the driver of the vehicle. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive safe; causing many accidents. Many of these result in the death of innocent people. Unsafe driving involves many poor driving habits or behaviors. Cell phone usage has become a major cause of accidents and deaths. In driving school, one is taught to stay 1 car length behind the car in front of you for every ten miles of speed. Unfortunately, many drivers only stay one car length behind when traveling 70mph. The major cause of accidents is rear-ended collisions caused by either “distracted driving” or following too close. The National Safety Council’s annual injury and fatality report, “Injury Facts,” found that the use of cell phones causes 26% of the nation’s car accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths amongst teenagers. I am 20 and have my own car. We have many poor drivers on our roads. Drivers are solely responsible for the quality and safety of their driving. Most drivers do not understand or respect the responsibility to drive safe to prevent accidents, deaths or injuries. Few accept the responsibility that their primary responsibility is to drive safely to protect the lives of their passengers and those in other vehicles. I believe that most drivers do not drive safe or accept the responsibility to prevent accidents. Fatal motor vehicle accidents were the number one cause of death for 15-24-year-old in 2011 with a total death of 6,926 people. In the same year, a total of 33,783 people of all ages died because of motor vehicle accidents. These statistics clearly indicate that there is a significant problem with the safe operation of motor vehicles and often involves distracted driving. Unfortunately, many people do not respect the possible consequences of unsafe driving. A vehicle is like a flying missile which can cause horrific damage if not driven safely. It can end one’s life or the lives of other innocent people. In driving school, I was taught to keep 1 car length distance behind the car in front of you for every ten miles of speed. Most drivers do not follow this rule. They are often going 60mph and are 1 car length behind the car in front of them. This behavior causes most rear-end collisions; which are the most common car accident. I would pass a law stating that vehicles must remain 1 car length (for each increment of 10mph) behind the car in front of them. Violations would result in a ticket and appropriate fine. I would immediately pass a law that all new cars would be required to have an automatic braking system (ABS) by 2020. One of the most important solutions to reduce accidents is the Automatic Braking System. Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached an agreement to make automatic braking system standard equipment on most cars by 2022. It is projected that this will significantly reduce many accidents and prevent many injuries and deaths. Several car manufacturers plan to have to have ABS by 2018. Statistics have clearly shown that ABS systems have significantly reduced accidents and saved many lives. I believe that requiring mandatory automatic braking systems is the most important thing that we can do to reduce accidents and save lives. Most crashes involve driver error. ABS technology can compensate for the mistakes every driver makes because it is always on alert. We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focusing on preventing crashes from ever occurring. Don’t Text, Drive Safe, Don’t Kill; and Live