Distracted driving is a growing problem as more drivers become distracted while driving. The most common behavior is using a cellphone. However, eating, drinking, and talking with passengers in the car are also included. Driving while texting is dangerous and drivers don't want to leave their phones behind until they get there. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,450 deaths on US roads in 2016, a 5.6% increase over 2015. All ages are guilty of distracted driving. However, the death rate for teenagers is three times higher than that of drivers aged 20 and older. Drivers are often aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving but still drive at their own risk. Texting or reading a message can take your eyes off of the road for at least 5 seconds. This is the equivalent of driving across an entire football field without your eyes shut. Anything can happen in those five seconds: pedestrians or animals can cross the road, cars can slow down, or the light can change.
To save lives and prevent injury, change is needed. But where do we start? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration works to combat distracted driving by educating Americans about the dangers. They also partner with local and state police to enforce laws against distracted driving.
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