Traffic Fatalities: What We Need to Know

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How many times have you been told not to text and drive?  A lot, I’m guessing.  We always hear concerned adults telling our generation not to text and drive, but is it really just careless teens texting on our “gadgets?”  According to the American Automobile Association, 46% of teens have admitted to texting while driving, while 49% of adults have admitted to have done so.  The true percentage is most likely higher considering that the people taking this survey might not have been completely honest.

Texting while driving isn’t the only reason we as a country have roughly 34,064 motor vehicle fatalities per year — there is also a thing called alcohol.  The danger of driving under the influence is so high that 20% of traffic fatalities are caused by this.  One way this issue could be solved is by bartenders keeping a close eye on their costumers, and possibly suggesting to call a cab or a loved one.  Only last night, I witnessed two cars in downtown smashed, and an inebriated man on the side of the road.  Luckily no one got hurt, but lots of damage was caused to both of the cars.  This is why our next generation has to be very educated on these issues.

But texting and drinking are not solely responsible for traffic fatalities — there is also a big thing called weather.  We all know that Minnesota doesn’t always have the ideal weather conditions. There’s ice, storms, hail, and lots of things Mother Nature just loves to throw at us.

Also, sometimes deaths are simply caused by the driver not paying attention to the road.  My own uncle died when he was only 16 years of age due to a driver that was distracted at the time.  This is why we all have to be very careful while driving, and hopefully educate others on this issue.