Texting and Driving
Have you ever lost a close friend or family member from them texting and driving or someone else texting and driving? - Texting and Driving introduction?? I am sure you have been one to text and drive also as much as we hate to admit it. Would you want to be the one who killed yourself or someone just because of that one text? I have personally known two young girls who have been killed from texting and driving. Both were on the same road exactly five months apart. Here is why I believe every state needs a no texting and driving law to ensure that our roads are safe from those individuals who insist on texting while driving.
Every state needs a no texting and driving law because researchers have found that it quadruples crash risks. According to http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html distracted drivers cause about 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries every year. While teenagers are texting, they spend about 10 percent of the time outside the driving lane they are supposed to be in. Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of a football field.
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Here are some things about the law, According to www.drivinglaws.org/iowa.php the law prohibits texting or emailing while driving — that means no writing of outgoing text messages and no reading of incoming. (It has no effect on the ability to make or receive phone calls.) The law states: “A person shall not use a hand-held electronic communication device to write, send, or read a text message while driving a motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is at a complete stop off the traveled portion of the roadway.” Typical exceptions exist for hands free devices and GPS systems, as well as allowing drivers to receive “safety-related information including emergency, traffic, or weather alerts.”
How will this law be enforced? According to http://thegazette.com/2012/06/03/police-ticket-few-iowans-for-texting-while-driving/ In Iowa a ticket for texting and driving for all ages is 30 dollars but may end up to be 1000 dollars depending if you cause an accident or not. Iowa’s cell phone laws are considered “primary” laws. That means an officer can pull you over without witnessing some other violation and you will receive a citation. However, Iowa’s texting law is “secondary”. Which means an officer can only pull you over if they have witnessed some other violation. Such as speeding or running a red light from texting and driving. After talking with my cousin who is a police officer in Davenport, Iowa. I asked him how police officer detect if someone is texting and he said “We either see them doing it or in most cases there is an accident involved and they check the phone to see the time of the last phone call or text message to determine what the cause was. I wish all 50 states had a “primary” texting law not just talking on the cell phones. How can we educate people to not text and drive? Iowa along with all the other state could start classes in school and have activities that help you really understand how much time you are spending outside of the driving lanes you are supposed to be in. I know I have seen some activities on T.V. where you are texting and try to grab a ruler that is falling and it is harder to grab when you are texting. I know I have personally watch videos online that are very sick and sad to watch because people were texting and driving and cause an accident. There is one that the parents of a baby were killed from someone texting and driving. It is sad to think that people cannot wait to text their friends back and they have to do it during driving on the roads.
What will be the outcome of the No Texting and Driving in all 50 states? It will eliminate deaths and accidents each year. Your attention will be all on the road and not on your cell phone. If you have the law all the way a crossed, the 50 states no one will have no question the law if they move because it will be the same. Before we had cell phones that were able to text the death rate was down by a lot after looking at this chart from 1988 to 2008. This is kind of out to date. However, if you still think about it the deaths per year is just keeps going up and up, because more and more people insist on texting while driving