Are you sick and tired of having your life endangered by drivers who are too self-important to put their phones down and pay attention to the road? Once presented with the following information, one will be convinced not to use one's cell phone while driving and remember to "drive now and talk later".
A drive around any town provides enough evidence for most of us that cell phone use is threatening the safety of anyone who navigates on or near our roads. The exanimation of articles from The New England Journal of Medicine, Tom and Ray Magliozzi and Patti Pena are all for getting rid of cell phone use while driving. On the other side, AAA and The Associated Press are against the revocation of cell phone use while driving.
15 or 20 years ago, what do you think people did when they had to make a call while in their car? Do you think they drove around looking for pay phones all day? No, they waited until they got where they were going before making their calls. If you are so important that you can't wait until you're not in a car to talk to someone, then stay home. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a person who is using a cell phone while driving is four times more likely to get into an accident than someone who is not. This, coincidently, is the same likelihood for getting in an accident while driving drunk. (453)
Many people would argue that talking to someone in your car is no different than singing along with the radio. This is not the case. When Tom and Ray Magliozzi of "Car Talk" on National Public Radio -- the creators of Drive Now Talk Later program -- were asked these same questions and they responded:
Ray: Why is it more distracting than listening to the radio? Because it's interactive. Someone is speaking to you, which requires you to listen, process what's being said, and then respond. And having a conversation requires a certain amount of brain power -- brain power that is then NOT being... [continues]
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