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Distracted Driving

One text, one post, one snap…these things can change a lot of lives forever, especially if it is done while driving. One out of four accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. According to The National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 millions crashes each year.

In most states texting and driving is a secondary law. There are some states, like Iowa, that are making texting and driving a primary offense. Therefore, a driver can be pulled over and ticketed for texting alone. I agree strongly with Iowa on how they are making it a primary offense. If more states continue to do this, there will be fewer accidents every year. It will also keep people safe by keeping them from getting hit by someone who is texting and driving.

With the new IOS 11 update on the iPhone, there is a mode that will not allow you to receive any notification on your phone while you are driving. I have discovered that even if you are not driving and you are just riding in a car it will still turn on, which is an inconvenience.

But the inconvenience is worth the lives it will save. I strongly recommend that people use the new update to their advantage and break the habit of going on their phones while driving, even if it is at a red light. It can wait!

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