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Distracted Driving

By Michael Yang

As the academic year comes to a close, more and more juniors and seniors are getting their license, but carry their bad texting habits onto the road.

Distracted driving is not only a danger to the driver, but to all others on the road. While certain violations, such as driving without a seatbelt, can only negatively impact the driver, many teens and young adults do not realize the dangers that distracted driving pose to other people.

Abstaining from texting and driving is not just a method of self-preservation, it is also a way to keep others on the road safe. A significant (one in five) portion of all accidents involve a distracted driver, demonstrating that distracted driving is a growing problem which is a primary reason for many of the crashes which occur in the United States.

This is partially due to the prevalence of distracted driving; while driving on the freeway, one can easily spot several people talking on phones, texting, or otherwise not devoting their full attentions to the road. Many think of an accident as something that will not happen to them, and that there is no need to worry about an accident; however, this is not true, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, drivers under the age of 20 have the highest risk of distracted-driving related accidents.

As teens and young adults, it is important to realize that texts and phone calls can wait, and that no text is as important as a human life.

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