Sending a text message while driving will divert the driver’s attention from the surrounding roads or traffic. Such behavior may lead to accidents, some of which are serious losses caused by careless drivers. Although texting is a simple daily activity, all feelings will be impaired during the action, so texting behind the steering wheel of a driving car is worse than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
When the driver is texting, he or she focuses all his or her attention on the mobile phone. This attention will be diverted when vehicles, pedestrians and objects continue to cross the road. Research shows that short messages not only attract the attention of drivers, but also need to be re focused on the road, so a few seconds later will have a serious impact on vehicle management capabilities. Re adjusting the time lost in texting and driving may lead to serious accidents, injuries and deaths.
Texting is a kind of all day communication activity. However, when SMS is a constant concern, it is difficult for drivers to operate vehicles without using mobile phones. They know that if they have to use mobile phones or text messages, it is safer to pull over and park. Instead, they continue to drive, pick up the phone, and even send text messages. They should pay attention to the traffic and roads ahead.
Even if the driver only reads the text and does not input the response, the momentary loss of driving attention is enough to cause a traffic accident. This kind of mistake is just like the driver’s mistake when drinking or taking drugs. The damage caused by SMS is the same as other damaged driving, but in many cases, it may be more serious than drunk driving. Law enforcement officers often notice drivers’ erratic behavior and mistakes in texting, just like those made under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Increasing SMS incidents in the United States—
In the United States, SMS accidents have become more common and fatal than drunk driving accidents. Before being regarded as illegal driving and legal drinking, the alcohol content in the blood of the drinker should not exceed 0.08% BAC, but many states have made it a crime to send short messages while driving. Text messaging is regulated as irrelevant use. In the state where these laws are located, it is illegal to send text messages after driving. This is a great progress in accident prevention compared with the minimum tolerance of drinking alcohol before driving stipulated in the DUI Law.
Some states define text messaging as a crime because a momentary distraction can lead to catastrophic conflict. When a driver looks at his mobile phone, he will lose many moments like this and get many chances to cause damage, injury or even death.
The illegal behavior of drunk driving is increasing, but in many states, text messages while driving are excluded from the forefront of legislators. The National Security Council said in its recent report that the number of accidents caused by short messages from drivers exceeded 1.6 million every year. In the United States, a dozen teenagers or car passengers die every day when they send text messages while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that driving with four glasses of beer is as dangerous as texting while driving. Drivers who send text messages are more likely to have accidents than those who drive drunk.
Short message hazard education for drivers during driving
In order to improve the public’s awareness of the dangers of short messages while driving, many groups and related procedures have been developed. Unfortunately, no group has a strong motivation in educating the public about writing and driving like the “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” developed in the 1980s. MADD has more support, resources and political power than any anti SMS campaign, project or institution in the United States. Anti text programs take time to develop and obtain programs related to DUI prevention.
The drunk driving movement often caused differences and even disputes on the method of educating the public, but with the efforts of semi drunk driving groups, the illegal act of drunk driving was found guilty. These actions have saved lives through mass education, political influence, legislation and law enforcement.
A big question is whether the same type of law can effectively prevent texting while driving. Some institutions questioned whether this type of criminal act would lead to more serious consequences and criminal consequences.
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