Cell Phone & Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) driver inattention is a leading cause of traffic crashes, and is responsible for about 80 percent of all collisions. Considering that crashes are the number-one cause of accidental death in the U.S., it is important to pay close attention to our driving habits and those of other drivers (National Safety Council, 2009). Practically every minute of the day a traffic accident occurs. These are most commonly caused by driver’s who are distracted by a tiny, little gadget that has become a very popular tool to us all: the cell phone. In recent years, more and more people have become dependent on cell phones, and consequently there are larger amounts of people using this gadget while operating a vehicle. The Insurance Information Institute has pointed out that there are two dangers associated with driving and cell phone use (including text messaging). “First, drivers must take their eyes off the road while dialing. Second, people can become so absorbed in their conversations that their ability to concentrate on the act of driving is severely impaired, jeopardizing the safety of vehicle occupants and pedestrians.” The most up to date studies have shown that while using a cell phone when driving may not be the most dangerous distraction, it is still by far the most common cause of car accidents. .
Some drivers “play it safe” and use hands-free devices while operating a vehicle, however, there are many risks associated with hand-held and hands-free devices. Using these devices may seem safer than dealing with a hand-held, but it still results in the same thing – a distraction from what is taking place on the road. Although when using a hands-free device, the drivers’ hands are not occupied by the cell phone, his/her focal point is not only the traffic around him/her, but also the conversation he/she is having. While he/she is engaged in that...
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