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Dangers posed by texting drivers versus those of druken drivers

By theoremAugust 10, 2016, 09:14:43 AM
The dangers posed to road users by texting drivers is more common and widespread than those of drunk drivers. Texting while driving is one of the greatest threats facing road users and even pedestrians today. However this problem is often underestimated, or generally under-reported. This assertion can easily be mistaken for a hyperbole, but all one needs to do is take closer statistical look to reach the truth.

Before going into broader statistics, an individual can do a simple personal experience recall- basically to recall how many close shaves one had with drunken drivers compared to encounters with texting drivers.

On any normal day, this writer encounters at least 3 texting drivers on major roads. This figure might seem low, but if the count is taken monthly, it becomes a whopping 90 times!

This means that on any normal month, an average driver encounters approximately 90 near road accident misses, all due to the activities of texting drivers.  Legal instruments geared towards solving this problem have been legislated in some states -laws have been enacted banning handling of cellphones while driving, for example. Still, these legislation have not solved the problem, in fact the problem seems to be getting worse. As new media technologies are introduced into the already crowded lives of people, time shortens, and people find less time to do things, hence they are “forced” to text-drive.

According to the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving leads to about six times more accidents than drunken driving, 25% of all car accidents, and eleven teen deaths every day. The US National Safety Council also states that 1,600,000 accidents per year are caused by text driving. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study shows that texting and driving causes 330,000 injuries per year.

These figures are both shocking and enlightening.

The main problem is that there are no real legal disincentive targeting text driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is universally known in the US to attract some of stiffest of punishment. Though still classified a misdemeanor in many states, a drunken driver can be charged with felony in some cases. But even the DUI misdemeanor badge is enough to ruin careers, and the fines can wreck bank accounts of even a medium income person. These legal hammers have proved effective to some extent in bridling would-be deviant drivers.

If texting while driving is six times more dangerous to road users than drunken drivers, it simply makes sense to yank up the punitive measures available to persuade people to desist from it, and hopefully rein careless drivers who sow death daily on our freeways.


Re: Dangers posed by texting drivers versus those of druken drivers

By GideonAugust 13, 2016, 10:41:28 AM
Texting while driving and also being drunk while driving are both serious offences that traffic authorities should frown at. Offenders should be penalised.


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