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In 2008, approximately 1 in 6 fatal vehicle collisions resulted from a driver being distracted while driving (Wilson and Stimpson, 2212). After the discovery of these harrowing statistics, there have been several initiatives to help end the phenomena of driving while distracted. After declining from 1999 to 2005, fatalities from distracted driving increased 28% after 2005, rising from 4572 fatalities to 5870 in 2008. Crashes increasingly involved male drivers driving alone in collisions with roadside obstructions in urban areas. By use of multivariate analyses, we predicted that increasing texting volumes resulted in more than 16000 additional road fatalities from 2001 to 2007. "Distracted driving is a growing public safety hazard; specifically, the dramatic rise in texting volume since 2005 appeared to be contributing to an alarming rise in distracted driving fatalities (Wilson and Stimpson, 2214). Due to this rise, legislators have taken action against drivers being distracted. Legislation enacting texting bans should be paired with effective enforcement to deter drivers from using cell phones while driving (Wilson & Stimpson, 2213). There have been several national programs implemented that inform and educate people about the dangers of driving while distracted.

It is important to make sure that while driving, all attention is on one task: driving. This is only adding to the problem that has been an issue even longer, driving under the influence. "Concern is growing about the dangers of distracted driving, as underscored during a 2010 national summit that brought together safety experts, industry leaders, and several US senators to address the hazards of driving while distracted and to examine possible regulatory solutions. This concern is further underscored by the growing number of communities that are contemplating or implementing bans on cell phone use while driving. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents 11 major car companies,...