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 use unit rates to discover how far a car travels while someone sends a text message. They uncover some troubling statistics about the dangers that distracted driving poses to teens in particular, and also the general population. In the end, students discuss whether or not texting and driving should be illegal, and what a suitable punishment might be.