Distracted driving isn't all about texting while driving or talking on the phone. The definition of distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Distracted driving is not only the number one rising problem in the United States, but also a very deadly one.
Eleven teens die each day as a result of distracted driving. Studies show that 95% of drivers know it's dangerous yet, 35% still do it. If you are part of that 35%, you don't have to continue to do it. There are so many different scenarios that could happen with distracted driving.
Your life is not worth risking just to send a quick text or snapchat. Our generation is raised to believe they can't live without electronics. They are taught to always have their cellphones with them at all times and always answer.
In Helix High School, 68% of students admit to having driving distracted. Whether they are messing with their car controls or talking to the person next to them, all of these activities can lead to deadly results. While these behaviors are not as deadly as texting while driving, they are still in the category of distracted driving.
The percentage of teens who were in a fatal crash due to texting while driving is not something to take lightly. Distracted driving can end your life, just to answer a text. You are worth so much more than a text.
Who cares about a text or two; if it is so important that you have to answer, you can always pull over and answer it. Statistics show that texting while driving causes 1.6 million crashes each year, many of them fatal. Not only that, but 1 out of 4 crashes are caused by distracted driving.
Out of 10 Helix High School students surveyed, 40% rated texting while driving more deadly than drunk driving. Statistics say that drunk driving has actually decreased about 51%, but is now being replaced with distracted driving. Experts are trying to find ways to inform people about distracted driving that would help them realize the risks they take every time they answer a text or phone call.
When you open a text on your phone and crash, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get hurt, but what about the millions of helpless victims that had no choice in whether they got hit by a distracted driver? One bad decision on your part could ruin someone else's life.
Your life is worth so much more than a few texts or calls. Make the decision to leave your phone alone. You never know how much one decision could change your life for the better.