Texting and driving speech.

By:NatanelHave you heard of texting and driving? Because I will be talking about that today. Texting and driving is very dangerous. Here are some facts and information about texting and driving.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.Texting and driving is 6 times more likely and dangerous to cause an accident than drunk driving.

Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph,you can drive a length of a football field by the time you look up. Texting and driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.Out of all task that you can do on your phone, texting is probably the most dangerous thing you can do on a phone. 94% of drivers support the law on texting while driving.

74% of drivers support the law on hand-held cell phone use.11 teens die everyday because of texting and driving.94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.21% of teen drivers end up in a car accident from texting and driving.Teenagers have a bigger chance of getting in a car accident from talking on the phone or texting while driving.A teenager with a passenger has a bigger chance of getting in a car accident. If there are more than 1 passengers then the chance of getting in a car accident is high.

In 2017 a woman told a story on the radio about her husband’s death. She said that in 2006 her husband was riding his bike on the sidewalk and then a truck hit the him and he died. People say it was because the truck driver was looking at his phone.Now I will be talking about the consequences in Canada for texting and driving:  Quebec ban using phones that need to be hold in a person’s hands in 2008.

In April 2015, the consequences grew to a  $100 fine and 4 demerit points. The Northwest Territories banned electronics  that need to be held on Jan. 1, 2012. Two years later, the fine was changed to $322 with 3 demerit points to the driver’s license.New Brunswick’s distracted driving law took effect June 6, 2011. The law prohibits drivers from using cell phones and texting devices that need to be held.

The fine is $172 plus 3 demerit points. Alberta’s law on using handheld phones took place in 2011 and was updated in 2016. The fine is $287 plus 3 demerit points. Yukon banned the use of cell phones and other devices went into effect April 1, 2011.

Fines up to $250 plus 3 demerits.Prince Edward Island’s ban on the use of handheld electronic devices became a law on  Jan. 23, 2010. Penalties were changed in 2015. The fine is $500 to $1,200 plus 5 demerit points.Saskatchewan banned talking and texting when driving on January 1st  2010. The fine is $280 plus 4 points against the driver’s license.

British Columbia’s bans on handheld cell phone use and texting and  driving became a law in 2010 and penalties were increased in 2016. The fine is  $368 plus 4 demerits. Manitoba enacted its cell phone/texting law in July 2010 with updates in 2013 and 2015. Fine: $200 plus 5 demerit points.Ontario’s law against text messaging and using handheld cell phones when driving became a law in February 2010. Its penalties were increased in 2014 and 2015. Fines: $490 to $1,000 plus 3 demerits.

Nova Scotia revised its law against handheld device use while driving in early 2015. Fines are $234 plus 4 demerit points vs. the driver’s license (first offense), the second offense is $349, then the third offence is $579.Newfoundland and Labrador’s ban on use of handheld electronic devices when driving became a law in 2003. The maximum fine since has been increased to $400, with 4 demerit points put into  the driver’s license.The best way to not cause an accident from texting and driving is to ignore a text, or put your phone on silent, or the best way is to turn your phone off.

If you have one of those cars where you can text by voice from bluetooth then that’s ok as long as you keep your eyes on the road and not hold any devices.So next time your friend sends you a text, ignore it. What is more important to you your life or a dumb text from your friend? Thank you for listening to my speech.

Hope i persuaded you to not text and drive.


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