Texting and Driving- It can Wait

Nazilya G

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Considering that “about 4000 teens lose their lives in crashes each year,” it is no doubt that people would realize just how fatal texting and driving is. Unfortunately, despite this tragic statistic, individuals just do not seem to understand how taking their eyes off the road for even a second, can lead to an innocent life being lost. However, a possible solution would be to have an app downloaded to each cellular device, that prevents incoming messages from coming through when put on driving mode. That way, when the driver activates the app, it’ll automatically turn off all notifications and ultimately keep the driver from becoming distracted. This can be seen in the AT&T Drive Mode, where this application is activated as soon as the vehicle hits 15 miles an hour, and silences all incoming notifications. In addition, there should be an increase in “don’t text and drive” commercials, demonstrating the impact of distracted driving is. It would involve a reenactment of a collision, after one of the actors would pick and their phone and check a text message. After the collision, the commercial should include statistics, such as, “At least 1 in 4 of all car collisions involves phone use” and “About 11 teens die every day in collisions”. Including these statistics will not only allow the viewers to understand the consequences, but also realize that could be them in the commercial. These solutions, if they were more prevalent nowadays, can significantly reduce the problem of distracted driving, and potentially reduces the number of collisions due to this habit.