Distracted Driving or Drunk Driving: Which Is More Deadly?

aerin By aerin, 23rd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/x8cj9aa-/
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Drugs & Medicines

In a perfect world, drivers would all obey the rules on the road. Recent studies have looked into the loss of life associated with both drunk driving and distracted driving. Which is deadlier?

Distracted Driving or Drunk Driving: Which Is More Deadly?

In a perfect world, drivers would all obey the rules on the road. There would be no distractions to concern one's self with and all persons behind the wheel would be sober. Because we do not live in such a world, it becomes necessary to pass and enforce laws to help reduce the fatalities and injuries associated with both drunk and distracted driving.

Though driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been a major concern for decades, in recent years, there has been a greater focus on distracted driving. Particularly, those who attempt to drive while texting.

Recent studies have looked into the loss of life associated with both drunk driving and distracted driving. Which action is more deadly?

Distracted Driving More Fatal for Teenagers

A report released by the Ankin Law Office showed that while people are very aware of the risks and punishments associated with drunk driving, many people don't take distracted driving seriously. Howard Ankin, attorney and owner of the firm says that, “The truth is, at any given time during the day around 660,000 drivers are speeding down the road while using a cell phone. The threat this poses to everyone on the road is very, very real”.

DUI lawyers are right to be concerned, as a number of distracted drivers on the road are minors. Studies show that approximately 3,000 teenagers are killed each year as a result of texting. With an average 2,700 teens being killed due to drunk driving, this means that right now, more teens are being killed each year as a result of distracted driving than drunk driving.

Though the numbers of total fatalities associated with distracted driving dropped slightly in 2012, it was noted that injuries related to distracted driving rose by nine percent from the previous year.

Tougher Laws for Distracted Driving

As fatalities and injuries rise, it becomes clear that the threat of distracted driving is something that must be addressed, especially as the roadways fill with tech-savvy young adults. Individuals who take it for granted that cellphones, text messages, and even laptop use can cause harm need to be reminded. The best way to get individuals to obey driving laws and avoid problematic behaviors while driving continues to be sanctions.

For instance, the “click-it-or-ticket” campaign to increase seatbelt usage has been largely successful in getting drivers and passengers to buckle themselves in before getting on the road. The combination of related fines and the memorable name of the movement likely encouraged Americans to engage in the desired behavior.

Drowsy driving is also a huge problem in the United States, with one in four drivers admitting to driving drowsy in just the past month.

DUI checkpoints and increasingly tough punishments have shined a bright light on the reality of drunk driving.

As injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving have risen, it's clear that both tougher laws and related campaigns are needed.

Drunk Driving and Distracted Driving Are Both a Problem

DUI checkpoints and increasingly tough punishments have shined a bright light on the reality of drunk driving over many years. Even companies that make a living selling alcohol to consumers have begun to encourage them to, “Drink responsibility” and in some instances, encouraging them to avoid DUIs altogether.

Despite this, thousands of lives continue to be lost each year due to drunk driving. And so the work goes on.

At the same time, rising injuries and loss of life related to distracted driving requires just as much attention, perhaps even more so. Those most likely to die as a result are among the youngest persons driving. Persons who by their age and level of maturity feel the sense of invincibility that may cause them to take the responsibility of operating a vehicle for granted.

Drunk drivers may assume that because they've been impaired in the past and nothing went wrong that there will be a next time to do so.

In both cases, it must be said which is worse isn't really relevant. All resources must be put towards encouraging drivers to obey traffic laws and drive sober and sensibly. This means not driving under the influence of alcohol and waiting until one gets home to answer texts.

Tags

Distracted Driving, Drinking, Drinking Alcohol, Driving, Driving Safety Tips

Meet the author

author avatar aerin
Adrienne is a freelance writer and designer.

Share this page

moderator johnnydod moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Katerina
17th Jan 2018 (#)


Hello everybody!!!
I don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for herpes, I have been suffering from herpes since last three years with my husband but today I am happy that am cure from it with the herbal medicine made by Dr climent the great healer, I was browsing the internet searching for help when I came across a testimony shared by someone on how Dr climent cure her from Herpes Virus. I quickly contacted him to get the cure and today i am now free from the virus, I am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so' people out there kindly contact this great doctor please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine. whatsapp him or call +2347036879479 or whatsapp him +2347036879479 drclimentscott@gmail.com drclimentscott@gmail.com
He also cure
(1) CANCER,
(2) DIABETES,
(3) HIV&AIDS,
(4) URINARY TRACT INFECTION,
(5) CANCER,
(6) IMPOTENCE,
(7) BARENESS/INFERTILITY
(8) DIARRHEA
(9) ASTHMA
(10)SIMPLEX HERPES AND GENITAL HERPES
11) HE ALSO HAVE SPELL TO BRING BACK ANYTHING YOUR EX LOVER. E.T.C



Hello everybody!!!
I don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for herpes, I have been suffering from herpes since last three years with my husband but today I am happy that am cure from it with the herbal medicine made by Dr climent the great healer, I was browsing the internet searching for help when I came across a testimony shared by someone on how Dr climent cure her from Herpes Virus. I quickly contacted him to get the cure and today i am now free from the virus, I am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so' people out there kindly contact this great doctor please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine. whatsapp him or call +2347036879479 or whatsapp him +2347036879479 drclimentscott@gmail.com drclimentscott@gmail.com
He also cure
(1) CANCER,
(2) DIABETES,
(3) HIV&AIDS,
(4) URINARY TRACT INFECTION,
(5) CANCER,
(6) IMPOTENCE,
(7) BARENESS/INFERTILITY
(8) DIARRHEA
(9) ASTHMA
(10)SIMPLEX HERPES AND GENITAL HERPES
11) HE ALSO HAVE SPELL TO BRING BACK ANYTHING YOUR EX LOVER. E.T.C

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password