Texting while driving

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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Texting While Driving It entails the act of composing, sending or reading a text message via a mobile device by a driver while on the road. The inception of conventional cellphones, as well as smartphones, has led to a proliferation of texting since the 2000s. Texting while driving has been linked to the increased exposure of the driver as well as other people in the car to fatal accidents due to a distraction of the driver. Driver distraction encompasses three aspects: visual distraction, manual distraction, and cognitive distraction (Klauer 56). Visual distraction entails the driver ceasing to focus on the road while manual distraction entails the driver ceasing to focus on the steering wheel. Cognitive distraction entails the driver shifting their focus off the road from driving to other activities. Texting while driving predisposes the driver to all the three fore mentioned distractions that exacerbate the risk of the occurrence of traffic accidents. Annually in the United States, cell phone use results to approximately 1.6 million crashes (Farmer et al. 468). The crashes result to about 500, 000 injuries and about 6,000 fatalities (Farmer et al. 468). Texting while driving is the leading cause of crashes among driving teenagers whereby 11 teens lose their lives daily in the United States as a result of texting while driving. Texting while driving is linked to 25% of all the car accidents in the United States (Farmer et al. 468). A near universal agreement exists that texting while driving is life-threatening yet nearly 75% of drivers have at least texted once while driving in the United States (It Can Wait Compulsion

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