Each Life Matters

Sandra C

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One million, six hundred thousand. What does his enormous number represent, you may ask. This whopping number devastatingly constitutes the one million, six hundred thousand car crashes each year that stem from the simple beeps and bleeps of a cellular device while driving. There is a widespread public consensus that texting and driving is a sin of driving. Although many agencies have been doing their job by reminding consumers to never text and drive after cell phone network commercials, these once a month reminders are not enough to significantly change drivers’ habit. Even after so many years of continuous lives that are innocently sacrificed, there is still no concrete strategy to solve this concerning problem. According to a national census, ninety-four percent of drivers support the banning of distracted driving. Even though this number is relatively large, there still is the remaining six percent that assert that their one text is more important than a person’s life. Furthermore, it is very likely that some percentages of the ninety-four percent regularly practice distracted driving, but just report an answer that they think is morally correct. One possible solution to inform drivers about the dangers of distracted driving is to use virtual reality systems. Instead of merely for video games, these virtual reality systems would this time serve a very meaningful purpose by simulating how it would feel if the distracted driver became the victim. The virtual reality systems can emulate the feeling of a driver that is texting while driving and not decelerating as the car comes nearer and nearer. By doing this, the usually distracted drivers would vividly experience how it feels to have their life flash before their eyes. They would therefore receive the most worthwhile experience since they now understand the danger they are posing to each pedestrian on the street. Videos of the drivers experiencing these frightening sensations through virtual reality can also be converted to an advertisement itself. To make the advertisement even stronger, more facts such as one in four accidents are caused by texting and driving can be presented. These numbers may seem insignificant. However, the larger the numbers, the bigger the reaction that people can make from the statistics. Social media, television, and radios all can broadcast these advertisements and will serve as a crucial alert for distracted drivers to become more aware of their life-threatening habits. Reckless driving is a very different scenario that is equally dangerous, but stems from a person’s emotions or mood. It is very hard to determine a person’s mood when he or she sits on the driver’s seat. When they are especially frustrated or extremely sad, many people using driving to let out their emotions. This is very dangerous, as the mind is not completely clear when driving. Therefore, to combat this issue, scientists need to research how the brain works when drivers are recklessly driving. Experimenting with a person that is mad, they can scan which parts of the brain are most active and which glands are relatively inactive. This investigation will help scientists see the problem better and find out how to create solution to make the inactive parts active again. In addition, vehicle designers can create a soothing environment in the car that will allow drivers to calm down first and then start driving. The engine will not start until it can verify that the drivers are not emotionally unstable, which is a main cause of careless driving. It is critical that these investigations can help stop more accidents caused by reckless driving. Distracted and reckless driving are equally harmful driving habits that need to be stopped right away. With the modern advanced technology in this day and age, virtual reality systems or brain investigations can help implement new tactics to effectively hinder more accidents from happening. One million, six hundred thousand. We can only hope this number does not increase.