The Pending Penalty Essay

991 words - 4 pages

With the falling prices of cell phones more and more people have the luxury of owning one. This also affects the ever growing number of people who text each other, but sadly these people do not realize that if they cannot put down their phone they could die. Convicted drunk drivers who present a constant danger to the safety of others have to take a special class, and due to fact that texting and driving ultimately creates crashes it should have similar consequences.
Statistics show that texting and driving has a higher chance to causes accidents than intoxicated drivers. The reason that texting has such a high chance to create an accident lies in the fact that the person texting focuses on the phone instead of the road. On the other hand drunk drivers keep their attention on the road, even when they have bad judgment or focus at least that focus is directed solely to the road. According to an Ibtimes Staff Reporter “An estimated 16,000 people in the US have died in accidents caused by drivers sending text messages while driving between 2001 and 2007” (Ibtimes.com). Unfortunately, texting and driving seems to escalate every year. According to Gale Opposing Resource Center “5,870 people were killed in 2008 and an additional 515,000 people were injured due to distracted driving” (texting). This drastic increase means that if this trend continues there will be over 16,000 deaths in the next three years if the accident rate remains static, which is highly unlikely. The texting while driving article on Gale Opposing Rescores Center revealed,
“that nearly 75 percent of twelve to seventeen year olds own a cell phone. Of these, 34 percent admit to texting while driving. Additionally, 48 percent of teens say they were passengers in a car when a driver was texting. Of these, 40 percent felt that at some time cell phone use compromised their safety or the safety of others” (Texting).
These numbers should have people at least consider the idea that sending one message to a friend should not be as important as to risk one’s own life.
People caught driving while intoxicated receive a specific punishment to help prevent further offences. People caught drinking and driving can suffer a large number of penalties even at the first offence. Some of the penalties include “fines, license restrictions, mandatory attendance at alcohol education classes or counseling, or community service” (Drunk). The reason the class is required is because alcohol has proven to be addicting to some individuals. These individuals need help if they can hope to avoid drinking and driving. The class generally will consist of a program for all addicts not just those who are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The idea works for both people who abuse alcohol regularly and those who only abuse it occasionally. For the moderate to rare abusers the program will force them to see and interact with people who have a serious addiction, and seeing the addicts can help...

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