November 16, 2011
“Cell Phone Use Leads to ‘Inattention Blindness’ and Can Prove Fatal” by William Saletan (A) Cell phone usage puts people’s lives at risk, and many times is fatal. The more tasks a driver is given, the worse they do. Cell phone usage while driving removes the main task people should be focusing on – driving. Cell phone use replaces driving with what the person is talking about, which endangers someone and the others on the road with them. (B) While many adults have started using their cell phones on the road, the main problem is the teenagers aged sixteen to nineteen. Up and coming drivers are seeing their parents using cell phones while driving so they follow their example. With the fairly new “no cell phone use while driving” law, many teenagers are still getting used to it, and has become a law that most people break. (C) “Studies show that the more tasks you dump on drivers—listening, evaluating, answering questions—the worse they perform. They drift off course, miss cues, overlook hazards, and react slowly. In brain scans, you can see the shift of blood flow from spatial-management to language-processing areas.” Studies show that when talking on a cell phone, a person focuses more on the task at hand instead of driving. (D) Cell phone use while driving is fatal. A person can drift into other lanes resulting in a head-on collision, or not see pedestrians which could kill others. Cell phone usage while driving is dangerous, and should be outlawed nationwide. "Cell Phone Use Leads to 'Inattention Blindness' and Can Prove Fatal" by William Saletan. Cell Phones and Driving. Stefan Kiesbye, Ed. At Issue Series. Greenhaven Press, 2011. William Saletan, "The Mind-BlackBerry Problem," Slate.com, October 23, 2008. Copyright © 2008 Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive.