Texting While Driving Essay
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A study made by Virginia Tech, says that an individual is twenty-three times more likely to get in a car accident if they are distracted by a mobile device (cbsnews.com). Thirty-eight states have banned texting, and 8 states have partial bands on texting and driving. Evidence shows that drivers that are distracted by a phone, while behind the wheel of a 4000 pound vehicle endanger not only themselves but others as well. “You’re a hazardous driver to yourself and everybody else” (Web MD). The impacts and effects associated with texting and driving should be outlawed because of the danger that every single driver and passenger are at risk of.
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Some countries are taking drastic actions by scaring people into stopping texting and driving by making gruesome informed commercials. They are showing the impact that one’s mindless driving, and texting can cause serious consequences. For example, there is one video that shows a car full of distracted teen’s texting while driving, which cause a head-on collision. The teens were looking at their phones instead of the road and merged into the other lane. They collided with a family. It showed the inside view of both vehicles, and how one small device used irresponsibly could cause so much danger.
What is being done in the community about texting and driving? So far there have recently been attempts to try and pass a law to ban texting and driving. “Idaho is closest to joining Oregon and Washington; in the banning texting while driving proponents are trying to push through a bill” (House Bill141 and OPB News). However, Representative Marv Hagedorn said that texting and driving is ok as long as an individual’s driving is not distracted but that is pretty ridiculous because it has been shown that if an individual is texting and driving their attentions span is being affected. Therefore, Idaho is finally making a progress to take control of the texting and driving situation. If the law is passed, the worst punishment would be a 300 dollar fee and up to 90 days served in jail, however, it is unclear on how many warnings a repeat offender will
Persuasive Speech Plan: Driving While Texting Essay
991 WordsNov 13th, 20124 Pages
Persuasive Speech Plan
Topic: Texting while driving is dangerous to you and others.
General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience not to drive and text. When I have finished my speech, my audience will be able to see why driving and texting is dangerous to themselves as well as others.
Central Idea: Persuade others not to text and drive because it is very dangerous.
Persuasive Proposition: (Statement of Fact, Value, or Policy) Statement of fact and policies
Organizational Strategy/Pattern: Cause and Effect
Attempting to Change: (attitude, belief, value, behavior) Behavior and attitude
Passive Agreement or Immediate Action? : Immediate action
Main Points: Today I will persuade you…show more content…
b. Memory requires a “selective attention” in order to store information while focusing on one task at a time, like driving. c. One study showed a 37% reduction of the brain’s activity in the parietal lobe that processes cognitive, memory, information regarding the driving task, sense of direction and “spatial sense” as well as the occipital lobe that processes the visual information (Aker, 2011). C. The third way, texting affects driving is through our visual field. a. Our vision is one of the most “important sense for safe driving,” but when our visual field is distracted, our peripheral vision decreases, causing tunnel vision or inattention blindness causing drivers not to process everything in the roadway that must be observed and fully analyzed, such as road hazards and responding to unexpected situations. (Brodie, 2008). b. This affects the visual processing reaction time causing the driver to drive much slower, keeping a distance between vehicles and checking their mirrors and blind spots (Aker, 2011). c. Visual distractions can also cause the driver to increase their cerebral capacity by trying to concentrate on texting rather than thinking about driving, which affects the visual cortex through the hemi retina, only getting half of the visual field. d. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds causing the