My topic on my argument paper is on distractions while driving. I know that there are a lot of different distractions while we drive. But the one thing that bothers me is the law that there is on texting while driving. I know that it’s not good to text while you drive because how can you be paying attention to the road if you’re looking down. And I also know that all teens like to do now is text rather than talk on the phone. I personally would rather talk on the phone because it seems a little more complicated to text when you can just say what you got to say and get it over with.
They say that the average teen now sends or receives an average of 2,899 text messages per month. And most of those texts are sent from behind the wheel. Teens are not the only ones putting people at risk. A recent study showed that truck drivers who were texting were 23 times more at risk of a crash or near crash event rather than non distracted driving. There is considerably more risk associated with dialing while driving. Another study showed that texting took a driver’s focus away from the road for an average of 4. seconds which is enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. The one thing that has me questioning this issue is what about all the other distractions that there are while we drive. Texting is not the only problem when we drive. Why is it that all of a sudden texting is the big issue of distraction when there are plenty of other reasons for being distracted, like fast food restaurants? Do people actually believe that we go to Burger King or McDonalds and order food to go home and eat? No we order the food so we can eat while we are driving.
Is this not a distraction that can cause an accident or is it ok to drive with one hand on the wheel while we have a burger in the other? What about taking your eyes off the road to change the radio station? There are a lot of things that we do in the car that can be very distracting. Another example is when female drivers take their eyes off the road to look in the mirror to put on their makeup. I think there should be laws on all of the distractions not just texting while driving. How many more accidents is it going to take for those issues to be a problem?
How many deaths do there have to be before eating a hamburger behind the wheel becomes against the law? Even though The laws are not going to stop people from doing what they want it could slow a lot of people down and get them thinking twice before doing it. So I am for the law but it should be equal and not just for texting and driving. Maybe they should put hands free phones in all cars, not just the new cars that people can’t afford to buy. It’s not our fault that technology is taking over everything. Maybe there should be a law on the access of the technology that they give us, don’t fine us for something you put out there for us.
I hope people that read my opinion can understand and relate to what I am trying to get at. In my conclusion I think it is a good law for the simple fact that anything that they can do to stop any kind of distraction is ok with me. But I think they should look at all the other causes of accidents and keep track to see if they were caused by distractions and make laws for them to. But no matter what laws they put out there people are still going to find a way to do what they want behind the wheel anyway. To me this opens up the door for more laws to come.