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On a bright sunny day in 2010 a first year college student was on her way to her first day of classes She had been texting her friends and her mother back and forth while she was driving by the time she had finished reading the text message and looked up she had run into the back of a dump truck The first year college student lost her life that day because she was texting and driving and was not paying attention to the road Texting has become a major distraction because people are texting while they are in traffic while on the highway Why put the life of others and yours in harms way when drivers could wait until they have reached a destination and check your text messages Texting while driving has become one of the most dangerous automotive problems today because it involves drivers taking their eyes of the road Even taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles your chances of being in a car crash AAA Drivers who are distracted by text messages on cell phones are more likely to miss critical traffic signals because they respond slower to the signals that they do detect and are more likely to be involved in rear-end collisions when they are conversing on a cell phoneThishabit has become extreme problem for US teens among those ages16 and17some26percenthavetextedfrom behind the wheel and 43 percent of thoseinthatagegroupadmittedtalking on acell phone while drivingaccording toaPewInternet American LifeProjectstudy Weekly Reader Studies also show that people are taking their eyes off the road for about 46 seconds An estimated20 Percent of drivers aresendingor receivingtextmessageswhilebehindthewheel Texting while driving causes a lot of effects on ones brain and cause many distractions defined as anything that uses your eyes off the road and affects your visual distraction mind of the road affects your cognitive distraction also
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