Teacher: Mrs. Thayer
Language Arts 11
26 February 2013
Cell – Phone Usage While Driving
Should all cell phone use by drivers be banned? “Ohio has no statewide ban on phones or texting, but it allows communities to pass ordinances requiring no hands use of phones (Rutz).” “For motorists eighteen years and younger….it is now illegal to use any handheld wireless communication device while in traffic ,which includes sitting at a red light or in a traffic jam (Dungjen).” “The broader ban for teen drivers allows for the operation of hands free navigation or GPS units, but does not allow for actively programming the devices while driving (Provance).” “For a teen under the age of 18 who violates the broader ban on electronic devices, it would be a primary offense meaning police would need no other reason to stop the driver in the middle of traffic.” “The only exceptions are …… making emergency phone calls for police, an ambulance, or firefighters.” (Dungjen) Here is my thorough evaluation of the necessary cell phone regulation.
“A September 2010 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that accidents had not declined in four states even after texting bans were passed.” “Many high schools have added distraction to their driver education curriculum and have established student led groups to help educate other students.” (Article: 1) “Ten states, D.C, Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibit the all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.” “Thirty two states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers.” “School Bus drivers in nineteen states and the District of Columbia may not use a cell phone while passengers are present.” “Thirty nine states, D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.”(Article: 2)
“Since 1991, the FCC has banned the inflight use of 800 MHz cell phones because of potential interference with ground networks.” “Over the last couple of years, airlines have responded to...