Texting While Driving

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In today’s society people have become completely dependent on their cell phones. They make lives easier in many ways because of the useful features and functions that assist with communication within a complex society. One of the features that have changed the way people communicate is the capability to send SMS (Short Message Service) messages better known as text messages. SMS allows people to type messages and exchange them between mobile phones better known as “texting”. Unfortunately texting has also become a huge safety concern when it occurs while driving. While certain distractions while driving are inevitable, texting while driving requires serious attention and focus and thus should be outlawed in the US. The new Wireless Communications Device Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. (CA-DMV) This law is of course one which is enforced in California, however many other states have also outlawed texting while driving and the issue is being debated across the country. Currently in Florida, a proposed law banning texting while driving is being debated in the state legislature. “Heathers Law” as it is called would ban texting while driving and is named in honor of Heather Hurd who was killed by a truck driver who was texting behind the wheel. (Redelmeier, 2009) There have been several well-publicized accidents in recent years that have been blamed on drivers’ texting, including a crash that killed five teenage girls in western New York in 2007, and one that killed a 13-year-old bicyclist that same year in Massachusetts. (Redelmeier, 2009) Locally it was recently reported that a Stockton man was killed in an accident while in North Sacramento. A California Highway Patrol spokesperson stated that the man lost control of his pickup truck while sending a text message on his cell phone....
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