Raising Awareness for Teen Driving   

Raising Awareness for Teen Driving   

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Kelly Fee, Reporter

The noise of a ring on the lit up screen is the cause for her eyes to shift while not realizing the danger she’s just put herself in.

In latest research, The National Safety Council has come to acknowledge the alarmingly high distraction rate, reporting that cellphone use while driving leads to 1.6 million accidents yearly. “This morning a guy was pulling out of his driveway, not paying attention to what he was doing and almost backed out into the car across from me because he was on his phone the whole entire time,” said senior Amberley Munns.

Even though texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while drunk, being alcohol impaired while operating a motor vehicle is the third leading cause of accidents, producing approximately 29 deaths a day. This equals out to 10,585 fatalities yearly in the United States alone.

“It’s a dumb decision because you know how you get while under the influence, so it’s just not smart to drive like that,” said junior Travis Anderson who is a newly licensed driver. While learning and following correct driving safety will massively decrease these statistics, it’s safe to say that no matter the precautions taken are, there’s always going to be that chance of a crash simply because everyone is human and makes mistakes. After all, there’s a reason they’re called accidents.