How would you feel if someone that you held dear to your heart was severely injured or robbed of his or her life over a simple text message? What would be your choice of action if you received a text message while driving? Texting while driving is a dangerous habit that drivers have developed due to texting’s popularity and entertainment. However, the dangers of this unsafe habit should to be prevented by enforcing stronger laws. Texting while driving has taken numerous lives from innocent people while also causing a greater amount of injuries. Although many people over look the dangers of texting while driving due to their own personal reason, research has proven why we should take this habit more seriously.
Texting while driving should be forbidden because drivers will not stop on their own, lives are at risk, and statistics have shown how dangerous it is. Texting while driving should be enforced in a stronger law that forbids it because drivers will not ignore the temptation to reply. Many drivers feel that enforcing stronger laws referring to this situation will only make matters worse, which was discussed on debate.org. They feel that it will make matters worse due to their prediction of drivers lowering their phones than normal, which could lead to an increase of car accidents. Although that prediction is possibly an outcome of enforcing stronger laws, this habit cannot be left alone.
That feeling and prediction alone does not justify why texting while driving laws should remain the same. We do need stronger laws to ban texting while driving because drivers are not acknowledging other informative approaches. For example, even with numerous articles and many broadcasting commercials on this dangerous habit, drivers continue to text while driving. So if the media, which has always held a strong influence towards its viewers, cannot change people’s mind about this habit, then the only action left to do is enforce stronger laws. Normally, it would take one horrific experience for each driver too fully understand, which is sad, but the majority of human beings learn better from hands on experiences.
However, stronger laws should be placed to forbid texting while driving in order to prevent drivers, as well as passengers, from experiencing that horrific experience. Another reason why texting and driving should be forbidding is that there are many lives at risk. Debate.org (year) also discusses how many drivers feel that texting while driving is easy to do. It is disappointing knowing that drivers are not putting their safety first based off that opposing argument. According to Why Do We Still Text and Drive, an article by Cassie Shortsleeve (year), texting is a compulsive behavior. Instead of waiting to respond to a text until we are in a safe environment, we as human beings are so fascinated by information that we give into the temptation to respond to a text as soon as we receive one. Although we live in an era were texting is extremely popular, it should be illegal while driving.
Texting while driving should also be forbidden because of statistical and obvious reasons. Texting is a huge distraction to all drivers. Numerous drivers do not take this life threatening habit seriously and try to argue that they are an exception to the rule. However, research has proven that no one is an exception to the rule, texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Statistics, which was provided by textinganddrivingsafety.com (year), states that the minimal amount of time that a driver’s attention is taken away from the road when they are texting while driving is about five seconds. In that short time frame or more, the National Safety Council has records of 1,600,000 car accidents that occur every year because of texting while driving. In that 1,600,000 car accidents, there are 330,000 injuries and 3,331 deaths according to Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study.
With statistics like that, something as simple as texting while driving should be forbidden without any complaints. Texting while driving is not worth the numerous lives that are taken and harmed every year from car accidents. Even though individually, each driver has their own personal reason why they text and drive, it should be forbidden due to its dangers. Drivers that text while driving need to be stopped because there are lives at risk, and statistics have shown how dangerous this habit is. Although it is a natural humanistic thought to think that we can successfully text and drive, there is no reason to justify why it should be legal.
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