Distracted Driving

Hannah P

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There are many causes of teenage deaths, but one of the most recognized causes is the use of a cell phone while driving. At least 1 in 4 of all car collisions involves phone use. It has devastated many families around the world and will continue to do so unless a positive alternative is made. The lack of self control is what causes these deaths, but improving teenage self control isn’t something that we can influence or change. So what can be done in order to reduce the amount of fatalities due to cell phone use while driving? It begins by thinking of the five senses of the human body. Eyesight is the most important sense when it comes to driving, so inhibiting eyesight will cause issues. There is a way for teenagers to use a different sense in order to use their phone while driving. Technology has already begun to improve, allowing teens to hook up their phones to bluetooth systems within their car. To reduce even more deaths is to create more of a complex system where teens don’t feel the need to look at their phones because they can hear text responses, music, phone calls, and any other technical functions through the speakers of their car. This will draw the attention away from the driver’s eyes and towards their ears. Although the easiest fix would be a complete change in behavior where all teenagers have self control and just leave their cell phones alone while driving, it is impossible to stop them from making the decision to take their eyes off the road in order to look at their phones. The only way to fix the issue is to create a more efficient alternative.