Texting while driving has been a serious problem for the past decade, and because of it many people, especially young adults and teens are losing their lives. Texting while driving can be composing, sending, reading or sending text messages and emails via the web or on a mobile phone. Texting while driving can put the driver in risk of danger, also it can increase car accidents and possibly hurt others around them.
The popularity of Texting while driving has skyrocketed since 2000, mobile devices are the leading cause of distracting driving, in today’s society most young people main form of communication is texting through a cellphone and thus distracting them from focusing what’s important: being aware while driving. In general, when people are distracted while driving, it usually results in injury or some sort of loss. “Distracted driving endangers life and property and the current levels of injury and loss are unacceptable.” Texting while driving is extremely dangerous and every driver should be up and alert about their surroundings and be cautious of what’s in front of them. Highways are prone to have higher risk of car accidents because of the speed, in which cars driving and the proximity of vehicles to one and another.
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,092 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 416,000 people wounded.” Drivers should particularly pay extra attention in highways because of how fast the cars around them are driving and how quick an accident may occur because their eyes were not on the road for a split second.
Texting has become a way of communication for most young adults today, texting has basically become a language of its own. “It has become the penmanship for illiterates.” To which proper responses include ‘LOL’ or ‘LMAO,’ texting is developing it’s own grammar and structure. Twenty years from now, people might actually use texting grammar in their conversations.
Drivers should be always be safe when they’re driving and they should have their full attention on the road and its current conditions. Texting while driving will put the driver at risk of any danger and most likely will end up being very tragic. Fortunately, there are many programs, safety organizations, and other agencies that are willing to promote safe driving without distractions through educating and informing others, especially, young adults/teens who are the large population that are affected the most.