In Canada, 21% of all fatal accidents are caused by using a phone or electronic device. (Reviewlution, 2022) Although, there is a Do Not Disturb function on phones and other safety features most people don’t use them. Every time a notification comes through, everyone has the tendency to look down to see who it is or what someone has sent them. As social media has grown so has people’s addiction and reliance on their phones. As the next generation of drivers are hitting the roads, how do we find a way to stop them from looking at their phones? And are we setting the right example? How many times has a parent told their child to never text and drive, then pull up to a green light and pick up their phone.
Social media addiction has become a real problem with 50% of teens in the United States believe they are addicted to their device. (Shepherd’s Hill Academy) This addiction to social media doesn’t go away when we get behind the wheel. And the consequences are fatal. Now, when you hear there has been a serious accident people ask where they impaired or texting?
Adults are also addicted to their phones and have become reliant on google maps, waze, and other gps services. Those apps say they can not be used while driving and ask ‘are you a passenger’? How many times do people lie and say ‘yes’.
We need to be more responsible but how? Highways are now offering places to pull over and text. Phones are offering apps that will show people you are driving and will get back to them later. But not everyone is using them. We still want to feel connected all the time even if we are risking our life to do it.
Educating everyone, young and old, on the dangers of social media addiction and the risks involved when driving is important but is it ever going to be enough? Maybe autonomous driving will be the answer. Until then drive safe!
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Shepherds Hill Academy. (n.d.) Teens and Social Media Addiction.
Pandurov, Marija. (2022) Reviewlution. 13 Crucial Texting and Driving Statistics for Canada in 2021. https://reviewlution.ca/resources/texting-and-driving-statistics-canada