Texting while driving refers to the act of composing, sending and reading engagingly text messages, e-mails and other acts of surfing on the web on a mobile phone while driving a vehicle. The act of texting while driving has been viewed and criticized by many as a dangerous act. It has been ruled out as the second leading cause of roads carnage after driving under the influence. In major cities with high flowing traffic such as New York and Tokyo, the practice has been outlawed and banned. Texting while driving leads to increased distraction behind the wheels and subsequent loss of control. This is because the driver is enhancive in texting and subsequent concentration and energy is all focused in the texting.
The malicious act must be brought to a stop in order to reduce road carnage and prevent any collisions in our roads. It is distracting and addictive and a study shows that it is rampant among teenagers. More than 90% of teenager’s world wide and 80% in the united stated are hooked to texting behind the wheels. Insurance companies all over the globe and traffic control across the world are concerned about this distractive act leading to road carnage. This is because texting while driving increases the chances of a collision. This situation is worst if motorists on all lanes are involved in the act. In case a distraction occurs along the road such as children crossing or animals crossing, will most likely lead to an accident.
Most teenagers usually drive in high limits and speeds. The distraction of surfing and texting would most likely lead to an accident. The operation of vehicles at the speed limit requires careful driving as any distraction would most likely lead to destruction. This act was so rampant that In 2010 alone, it is estimated about 47% of all accidents in the united states alone was caused by distracted driving such as texting while driving and even making calls behind the wheels. This has slowly encroached as a global road crisis. In the case of teenage drivers, it is as destructive as most teenagers are easily engaged to in love texting and communication. Most female teenage drivers are more likely to engage in texting while driving more frequently than male teenage drivers are. However, study shows that most male text drivers are more distracted than female drivers due to the male inability to multi task. This act should be stop amicably and a solution brought to enhance sanity in our roads.
The global solution to the encroaching menace is yet to be found, although it is now mandatory to teach the prevention of such through driving lessons and drive tests it is mandatory that this implementation be enforced at national level. The traffic control department together with the ministry of transportation across the globe should be a notch stricter than currently to stop slowly encroaching road menace. It should be declared an offence if caught under the act of texting while driving. All vehicles are fitted with tracking devices and all mobile phones be switched off when one is behind the wheel.
The government should invoke an order that seeks to revoke the driving license for one caught in the act. It should revoke the license for say two years so that one is prevented from ergative driving while under the act. The act of texting became a social norm when mobile phones decided to introduce the popular messaging application and package. In the year 2000, when the application was introduced to mobile phones and smart phones it was estimated that texting while driving increased by 25% that year alone in America. This act has since been on the increase these days.
In 2011 alone, Research carried out by insurance companies in the United States shows that this act is increasing globally by 3% annually. This rate is increasingly and alarmingly growing rates of texting while driving at an alarming rate. This is because the act of texting while driving has detrimental effects on a number of critical driving measures. Texting while driving has been associated with poor detection and response to road signs, hazards and focusing on the roads with full attention. Variation of speed limits and driving positions when receiving and sending texts showed no difference. There is a high likelihood of occurrence of a texting related accident. The general findings of a text related study and phone call related occurring accidents shows a high relativity of crude road carnage.
It is now estimated that texting while driving is a major cause of road accidents after the act of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This calls for immediate and acute measures to be employed in order to save more lives and secure our roads system. A close study in the USA by the department of transport in conjunction with AAA foundation established that most road accidents are caused by driving under the influence at 69% and texting while driving at 47%. These two have now been considered a serious threat to road safety and should be outlawed. In 2008, the collision that killed 25 passengers and scores of others injured was caused by driving while texting in the USA involving a train collision.
In the UK, social media surfing and texting has been considered a social and road security menace. Teenagers addicted to texting while driving is more prone to carnage than those driving under the influence are. This was later confirmed by a Virginia Tech. study whose preliminary finding of distraction in commercial transportation is overwhelmingly increasing especially among teenagers. These statistics proved the general conclusion that texting while driving should be banned in all moving vehicles and all drivers and further reinstates that mobile phone use should be banned from use by all newly licensed teen drivers if these statistics are anything to go by, and if we need to secure our roads and save a few more souls.
This situation can be improved with the use of technology where telemetries trackers and other technical devices used to detect texting while driving are proposed to be inbuilt in any motor vehicle. If one engages in responsive constructive texting or calling to respond to an emergency such as crime reporting may be useful but under high caution will be detected and no signal send. This ensures that the vehicle is in considerable speed and the highway is clear. One cans also text to inquire of direction when lost. This is just allowed in responsible positions and should not be misused for unreasonable communication. However, texting while is slowly becoming a killer trend in the society and should thus be done away with and proper legislation implemented and enforced to ensure that our roads remains safe our roads remains safe now and in future. Thus, it is the duty of every road user to take responsibility in their hands and rectify the carnage before disaster strikes one next they should ensure they prevent it, as it is everybody’s responsibility. Texting while driving should be done away with and anyone caught in the act should be fined heavily and other crude measures put in place to secure our roads and curb roads carnage.