Assignment 2: Investigate a Social Issue

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Assignment 2: Investigate a Social Issue

By | March 2013
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Deonte’ Peterson
Cell phone use while driving should be standardized
Assignment 3: Persuasive Paper Part 1: A Problem Exists
Professor Thompson
English 215
February 6, 2013

People use cell phones every day while driving a motor vehicle in the United States. Cell phones use is becoming the leading distraction to drivers. There are many people who died from an accident because someone was texting while driving. Some states have implemented laws about the use of cell phones while driving, but it is not standardized across the US. The current regulations regarding the use of cell phones while driving should be changed because cell phone use while driving is becoming the leading cause of automobile accidents, it raises the national insurance rates each year because of the accidents, and it’s the leading causes of adolescent deaths.

It was 1983 when Motorola first introduced the world to the 16-ounce DynaTAC, a cell phone referred to as "the brick." By 2005, it was estimated that 207.9 million Americans subscribed to a wireless phone plan. (Brown, 2012, P.) With the rapid popularity of cell phones, it is no surprise that Americans often have their cell phones with them when they reach for their car keys. In response to a series of fatal accidents in which driver distraction was determined to be a cause, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended a nationwide ban on the use of portable electronic devices while driving. The unanimous recommendation is much stricter than any current state law and would apply to all cell phones, including hands-free devices (Neil M. Issar, BSc, William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH, A. Alex Jahangir, MD, and Manish K. Sethi, MD, 2012, P.24) Many State official have tried to pass stricter laws within their states but for some reason they don’t get voted on. At present, nine states and Washington, D.C., prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving; 30 states and Washington, D.C., have...