No Cell Phones While Driving

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No Cell Phones while Driving
Kirk K. Ronolo
COMM/215
July 10, 2012
Han Nee Chong Wester

No Cell Phones while Driving
In today's world of advanced wireless technology, it is very uncommon for someone not to own a cell phone. In fact as of August 2011, 83% of American adults own cell phones. (Smith, 2011) Of these 83%, how many of them are using cell phones while driving? In todays fast paced world of "Time is money, and money is time" Americans are searching for shortcuts to accomplish more tasks in less time. With the convenience of the cell phone more American adults consider it a luxury to conduct business on the go while driving in vehicles. Is this practical, or does America need to make a change now? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cell phone use while driving is considered distracted driving. The main characteristics of distraction are: visual distraction, manual distraction, and cognitive distraction. Operating a cell phone while driving incorporates all three characteristics of distracted driving and is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents. (Mallory) Using your cell phone while driving is an accident waiting to happen. Drivers using cell phones are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Simon Hosking, 2000) Cell phone use while driving is extremely dangerous. In order to use your phone it requires you to take your eyes off of the road to focus on the number you're calling which is a visual distraction. You also have to use your hands to dial the phone number you're calling, which is a manual distraction, and once a driver is thinking about their conversation instead of driving it is a cognitive distraction. One of these distraction characteristics in itself is a weapon of mass distruction, but put all three of them together and what you have is a recipe for a catastrophe of major proportions. When your concentration is distracted while driving...
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