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# Text Me Later

## How dangerous is texting and driving?

How dangerous is texting and driving? Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States, and distracted driving is a major reason. In the time it takes to send a text message, a car can travel hundreds of feet.

Students use proportional reasoning to determine how far a car travels in the time it takes to text. Students discuss the dangers of distracted driving and generate strategies for helping drivers and passengers stay safe.

### REAL WORLD TAKEAWAYS

• The longer the text (or time distracted) and the faster a driver is going, the more road they miss while distracted.
• A car going 30mph will travel more than 100 feet even in the time it takes to send a very short text.
• People die everyday from distracted driving, and many are pedestrians or passengers not engaged in the dangerous activity themselves.

### MATH OBJECTIVES

• Use proportional reasoning to solve multi-step ratio problems

Appropriate most times as students are developing conceptual understanding.