Taking Chances

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Taking Chances

We all take chances every day while driving.  You never know if you’re going to get in a wreck.  You could just be going to the grocery store and be risking your life.  According to http://www.drivesteady.com, Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely to die in a crash than drivers between the ages of 25 and 69.  Most of the people reading this are between the ages of 19-25, which means that we have more of a chance to get in a car accident.  And living in a college town here in Maryville, MO gives even more of a chance of getting in a car accident. 

                        The top reasons for distracted driving are, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.  Cutting back on all of these can make you a much better driver!  If we all stopped doing these things there would be a major cut back on tickets given out and statistics might get lowered.  In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. According to www.distraction.gov, in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010; an additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.  These statistics are way too high.  If everyone cut back on distracted driving we could change the world.

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