The Facts of Reckless and Distracted Driving

Emilia J

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Reckless and Distracted Driving Reckless and distracted driving is a real issue here in the United States. There is an average of 6 million crashes in the United States everyday. 3 million people in the United States are injured every year but more than 90 people die in car crashes everyday. People shouldn’t be driving distracted because it is very dangerous. Complete disregard for on-the-road signs, signals and laws are causes of crashes from distracted driving. Another cause is driving at high speeds and exceeding the speed limit. Extremely dangerous driving tactics, tailgating or driving too close to the car in front of them, failing to stop at red lights or stop signs, braking suddenly, not using turn signals when changing lanes or turning, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and talking on the phone are causes of reckless and distracted driving. One or more poor decisions can lead to a major injury or even the end of your life. Consequently, reckless and distracted driving can lead to car accidents, injuries and death. In addition to those outcomes others can be receiving tickets, cited for traffic violation, fines, community service and even jail time. Choosing to drive distracted can be the worst decision a person could ever make. Reckless and distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicles crash fatalities. Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes. In 2015, 391,000 injuries occurred because of reckless and distracted driving. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, 9 people in the United States die each day as a result of distracted driving. It takes only 3 seconds after a drivers’ attention has been diverted from the road for a crash to occur. 16-19 year olds are 3 times as likely to be involved in fatal car crash than any other age group. 2% of reckless and distracted drivers are changing the radio or bumping up the temperature, 5% companion distraction, 7% are distracted by people, objects or events going on outside of the vehicle, 1% lighting or putting out a cigarette, 62% because the driver has let their mind wander and they get lost in thought and 2% are eating and drinking. However, there is always a way to prevent reckless and distracted driving and possibly save more lives each day. There are many things that you can do everyday while driving that can help prevent these crashes from distracted driving. You can always start by following a few safety tips, rules of the road and traffic laws. Always try to steer clear of any cars or drivers that look dangerous and report them immediately. When you are in a car remember to wear a seatbelt and encourage your passengers to do so as well and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Additionally, do not drive tired, be aware and put passengers in charge of the radio, air conditioning, and anything else that may distract you from the road.