Texting and Driving report

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Texting and Driving report

Don't text and drive!

Text messaging, which is also known as Short Message Service (SMS), was first used in December 1992 when a brief message sent from a computer to a phone. Neil Papworth used his computer to send a message to Richard Jarvis. Text messaging was considered a tool to help those with hearing problems. As the text messaging system was developed, more people began to use SMS as a mode of conversation. The Statistics of texting and driving- Per year 1,600,000 teen accidents (National safety council)- 230,000 injuries per year (Harvard center for risk analysis study)- At least 11 teen deaths everyday (Institute for highway)- Nearly 25 of all accidents (safety fatality facts)

1. Sending or reading a text message while driving puts your passenger's lives at a significantly higher risk of being involved in an accident while riding in your vehicle.2. Texting and driving puts all the drivers sharing the road with you at risk, too, because you are unable to navigate the road while looking down at your phone.3. Humans are smaller and less noticeable than vehicles, making the likelihood of you seeing a pedestrian in your peripheral vision while looking at your cell phone.4. You are MUCH more likely to have a wreck. In 2011 1.3 million automobile accidents were caused by texting and driving.

History and Statistics

Distracted drivers caught using their cell phones while driving are going to be facing bigger fines starting February 1st. Anyone convicted for defying the rules will receive four demerit points on their license and receive an increased fine.After February 1st the new fines will be:- $233.95 for a first offence (rising from $176.45)- $348.95 for a second offence (rising from $233.95)- $578.95 for a third subsequent offence (rising from $348.95)However, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says there are exemptions if people are using their phones yo report an emergency.

Reasons why you shouldn't text and drive!


1. 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.2. Texting makes a crash 23 times more likely.3. Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.Did you know?- While your texting as you drive it keeps you blind for just about 5 seconds at a time- Texting and driving can also slow down your break reaction from just about 18%

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