In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in automobile wrecks involving a distracted driver.(citation) A recent problem in America is motorist texting while driving, resulting in accidents, injuries and deaths. People need to be educated on the dangers of distracted driving. Awareness while driving could greatly decrease the number of people dying due to texting and driving. One could argue that texting and driving isn't the only distraction while driving. I agree with the restriction of cellphone use while driving because many people die each year from distracted drivers, it is a safety risk to others, and many states have banned the use of cellphones while driving. .
As the attention of a driver grows distracted, he or she cannot control his or her car and they cannot react immediately on any change that happens on the road. As a result, when the traffic situation is changing unexpectedly and a driver keeps using his or her cell phone or texting, he or she is likely to get into an accident because the lack of attention leads to accidents as drivers cannot react properly on their environment. Drivers can simply drive off the road while texting that also leads to accidents, injuries and in many cases to death of people involved in accidents.
Texting while driving is almost equivalent to drinking and driving. Texting requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention. When a driver dedicates those three things to a cellphone device, it greatly increases their chances of getting into an accident. Younger, inexperienced drivers are more susceptible to texting while driving than older, more experienced drivers. A study showed that texting took a driver's focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds which is enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. .
Texting while driving takes away the one thing that absolutely everyone counts on while behind the wheel, vision.