**~~Text Me Later**

How Dangerous is texting and driving? -adopted from mathalicious

How Dangerous is texting and driving? -adopted from mathalicious

INTRODUCTION:

Every year people are killed or injured because of drivers who are distracted by their

phones. But just how dangerous is texting and driving…and how can we discourage

people from doing it? Students will use unit rates to discover how far a car

travels while someone sends a text message. They will uncover some

troubling statistics about the dangers posed by distracted driving to teens in

particular and also the general population. In the end, students will discuss

whether or not texting and driving should be illegal and what a suitable

punishment might be. Students will use linear equations to interpret and justify

their data.

**Step 1:**Visit the link and watch a public service announcement

from the AT&T “It Can Wait Campaign” highlighting the dangers of texting and driving.

__http://www.mathalicious.com/lesson/text-me-later/__

(Slide 2)

**Step 2:**Choose one of the messages below and compose a response in the empty bubble.

Then, type your response in your own phone and have someone time how many

seconds it takes you.

A. What are you doing later?

B. Movie suggestions?

C. Ordering food, what do you want?

1. How long did it take you to

type your message?

2. How long did it take you to type each word (unit

rate)?

3. In order to understand the dangers of texting and driving it helps to

know how far a car can travel while the driver is texting. You are driving on

US 27 traveling 30 miles per hour. How many miles are you traveling per

second? How many feet per second?

4. Write an equation to represent the distance the car travels while

texting (y=mx+b). Hint: Use feet per second to represent your

slope.

5. What value represents the slope? Y-intercept?

6. Use your equation to create a table to include the distance your car would travel

after 0-10 seconds.

7. Create a graph to represent your information. Make sure to label the x

and y axis; and include a title. Use appropriate

intervals

8. How many feet did the car travel after 10 seconds? How many words

on average is this? What dangers lie in the data? Do you think texting

and driving should be illegal?(be specific, use your data to support why

texting and driving is dangerous). (Check out the video via

__http://www.mathalicious.com/lesson/text-me-later/__

(slide 8)

**WRAP-UP:**

We calculated this information based on traveling 30 mph, but what if you were on

the highway traveling 70 mph? (There is a video simulator slide via

__http://www.mathalicious.com/lesson/text-me-later/__

Check out the difference in traveling 30 vs. 70mph. How far would the car go then-just imagine the recklessness Distracted driving has consequences for people other than the driver. Even if you think you are a

‘great’ texter; not everyone on the road will be. Be safe, don’t text and drive. It can wait

http://www.itcanwaitsimulator.org/