Distracted driving a preventable epidemic

Published 8:46 am Wednesday, December 5, 2018

To the Editor:
I made an error on the website in my last letter to the editor. Here is the correct website. According to www.worldviewweekend.com, “Russia has admitted in defense journals they have plans for a Pearl Harbor 2.0 style attacks on U.S. ships on both coasts.”
I also want to agree with and thank the Elizabethton Star for the great info on “School bus safety is every driver’s concern.” The Elizabethton Star also said, “We all know in the age of cellphones both distracted driving and distracted walking increase the risk of an accident.” I am glad to see the Star mention this. There hasn’t been much emphases on distracted driving by the media. I had just read an article at www.nowtheendbegins.com about how distracted driving and texting causes hundreds of times more deaths and thousands times more injuries for teenagers than school shootings each year. However the major media focuses on school shootings and not on distracted driving in the hope of getting gun bans. School shootings are tragic but don’t even make the top ten causes of teen deaths in the U.S. It appears the major media doesn’t care if American teenagers die in car crashes but cares if Americans have guns!
Here are the numbers behind distracted driving. “Distracted driving accounts for about 25 percent of all vehicle deaths. At the time of fatal crashes teens have been the largest age group that reported being distracted while driving. Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58 percent of teen crashes. In 2015 distracted driving related accidents caused 391,000 injuries. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S. Teens 16 to 19 years old are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than any age group. It takes only 3 seconds of distraction from the road for a crash to occur. Distracted driving has been called an American epidemic and is completely preventable!”

D.D. Nave

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