Ban on Texting and Driving a Good One?
A Review of Some Related Literature
August 6, 2010
In today’s society we’ve all become attached to our cell phones. They make our lives easier in many ways because of the useful features and functions that assist us with communication with our complex society. One of the main features that have changed the way we communicate almost completely is sending text messages or “texting”. Texting allows us to type messages and exchange them between mobile phones. Moreover, it is also a perfect method to connect with someone without the fear of interrupting their business. However, texting today has evolved into an everyday routine, which eventually turns into an addiction. People who are addicted to texting would feel the need to text everywhere and whenever, including driving. The new Wireless Communications Device Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Texting while driving is even more dangerous than talking on a cell phone. The technology has changed so that most cell phone users have the ability to text. It’s becoming such a problem that many states are passing legislation to ban drivers from texting. While talking on a cell phone you can at least keep your eyes on the road and at least one hand free, where as text keeps your eyes on the phone and sometimes both hands on the phone. The real problem is that so many people think that they can text while driving without a problem. There have been several well-publicized accidents in recent years that have been blamed on drivers texting, including a crash that killed five teenage girls in western New York in 2007, one that killed a 13-year-old bicyclist that same year in Massachusetts and another that killed a Stockton man in October north of Sacramento. Several...