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To be clear, when the phrase ‘texting while driving’ appears, this includes checking any type of mobile device for notifications. This also consists of sending or receiving emails or even checking how many likes you got on your Instagram picture. Any action you perform on your phone that takes your attention away from the road is included in ‘texting while driving’. According to the National Safety Council, there are about 1.6 million accidents a year due to driving and texting at the same time. This stat equates to almost 330,000 injuries a year. You might ask, “Why don’t people just stop doing it?” My view on why they continue doing it is because the laws surrounding this serious issue are not forced and in some states non-existent. As claimed by the National Transportation Safety Board, 35 states have banned texting while driving. So if the majority of states do have a ban, then why do people continue to do it? This presents a problem that needs fixing.
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In response to Mr. Lund’s comment, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “This report is completely misleading… Lives are at stake, and all the reputable research we have says that tough laws, good enforcement and increased public awareness will help put a stop...”. To add on to Mr. LaHood’s point, Another study done by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis concluded that if you are texting, you are 23 times more likely to crash. So, in conclusion, I believe that the U.S. government should clearly create a federal ban surrounding the issue of driving and texting at the same time. I believe that this act will decrease the fatalities each year and make our highways, city streets, and even those dirt roads in the middle of Kentucky much, much safer.
Conclusion(updated November 14)
So when we received the assignment, I thought to myself: What is a topic that I would enjoy writing about, but that would still relate to our class? My first idea was to write about the correlation or non-correlation between violent video games and the effect they have on one’s behavior. After deeper consideration, however, I realized that I didn’t have much of an opinion and that I wouldn’t really enjoy the process of proving a point that I did not have a strong feeling about one way or another. Then the topic of ‘texting while driving” occurred to me and I thought: Well this doesn’t really relate to our class. I brainstormed a little more and realized that it definitely related. Even though it wasn’t about being a good person online, it brought up the subject of being safe while using technology. This idea was an important thing that I learned this year because it proved that digital citizenship isn’t just about being safe or responsible online, but also about using technology that you have in a safe manner. So, in the end, I decided to write about an issue that I cared about and that I wanted others to be aware of. After writing the blog and publishing it, I was the first (yes, the first) to receive a comment (I was pretty happy about this). Anyways, it was a Charles Wright parent who gave me some compliments, but also some helpful criticism. Mr. Whitney said that my statistic about 25% of wrecks being due to some form of texting while driving was not correct. This was helpful, but so was his next comment. He said that when thinking of trying to change (or make) laws, one must think if the change is consistent with the structure of our government. I had not even thought of this, so the comment really made me think of something else. This helped clarify my thinking on the issue. For this comment I did not do further research to reply persuasively and I regret it now. I realize that if I had done this, then the extra research might have lengthened the interaction. This comment did not change my mind, but definitely helped with my new understanding of the issue. I received some other great comments, but I have a 250-word limit that I’ve sadly already exceeded. Overall, I really enjoyed the process of blogging. The less than formal language in addition to the connectedness one feels to the reader made this aspect of blogging especially enjoyable. Sharing your idea in English class is always fun, but when your opinion and personal work go viral, it’s even more fun because everyone can see it. When we were expected to comment on our classmate’s blogs, I liked reading their ideas and feelings. Overall, this class was amazing and the blogging was one of the best parts!