Dr. Wm. Anthony Connolly
Ivy Tech Community College
If you drive around and pay attention to other drivers you might notice that their eyes aren't on the road, but rather looking down at their cellphone. Many adults use the excuse that they are so busy that they are using their car as an office. Teenagers use texting as their main form of communication. These kids are inexperienced drivers who aren't even paying attention to the road. The dangers of texting while driving are very clear. A person isn't aware of his/her surroundings and can't pay attention to what is going on around them. A light can suddenly change from green to red without the driver even noticing causing them to wreck into either another driver or object. We constantly see other people swerving in and out of lanes because they aren't paying attention to the road, but instead trying to send a text. Texting or talking on the phone while driving is now the new drunk driving. Studies have shown that a driver on a phone has the same reaction speed as someone legally intoxicated. People talking on the phone behind the wheel are four more times likely to crash (Hanes, Stephanie. "Texting While Driving: The New Drunk Driving." Christian Science Monitor 05 Nov 2009: n.p. SIRS Researcher. Web.17 February 2010). Nationwide just conducted a study showing that driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes. Driving while using a cell phone reduced the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent (http://www.nationwide.com/newsroom/dwd-facts-figures.jsp). It is clear that distracted driving is a major problem. There are many people waiting around for a solution. Within the past year, 18 states and the District of Columbia have passed anti-texting laws. Seven states have put a ban on the use of handheld communication devices all together. Studies...