Distracted teen drivers pose a threat to the roads

Noah Goulbourne, Twitter Co-Captain

Nowadays, there are plenty of distractions for drivers once they get behind the wheel. These distractions can lead to car damage, serious injuries and even death. According to DriverKnowledge.com, “the average number of car accidents in the U.S. every year is 6 million. One of the main causes of distraction is texting and driving.”

Icebike.org states that “each year over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries”. Another distraction is driving under the influence. The CDC states that “in 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States”.     

Looking at your phone while driving reduces your brain activity, even for a split second. Credit: Naples.FloridaWeekly.com

Everyday, a new teenager gets their driver’s license or permit. Unlike true experienced drivers, new teenage drivers are more likely to be distracted with their new responsibility. Edgarsnyder.com states that “32.8% of high school students nationwide have texted or e-mailed while driving”. “Talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident and can slow a young driver’s reaction time to that of a 70-year-old,” according to edgarsnyder.com. Once young drivers get their driver’s license, they are not allowed to have friends in the car for the first 6 months. Only family is allowed in the car for that period. 

As a new driver I’ve noticed that drivers go on their phones when driving long distances, which then causes them to space out.”

— sophomore Cian Kaisharisv

. Driving responsibly can keep everyone around you safe, and get everyone to their desired destination.