March 2, 2013
The Effectiveness of Prohibiting the Use of Cell Phones While Driving
The use of cell phones while driving causes the driver to be distracted. “According to Major Huxtable, cell phone use can distract a driver’s attention from traffic and road conditions” (Wisconsin Department of Transportation). As technology advances more and more people are starting to own cell phones often times at such a young age. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash…this age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted” (Wisconsin Department of Transportation). The use of cell phones while driving distracts the driver’s attention from the road, can affect their behaviors while driving, and can cause major to minor traffic accidents. Many states have created laws to prohibit the use of hand held devices while driving and that driver’s are required to use hands-free devices when driving a vehicle. In article from USA Today, “More than 250 bills prohibiting or restricting cell phone use while driving are pending in 42 state legislatures despite disagreement over the risk cell phones pose and the effectiveness of enforcement” (O’Donnell, 2009).
There are many things that may distract our attention to the road while driving. One of major causes of most fatal car accidents involves using your cell phone while driving. Over the past few years this has been an increasing cause of major or minor car accidents. Often time’s drivers distract their attention by texting or call someone while driving. “Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2010, alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes” (Distraction.gov). Distraction.gov is an official U.S. Government Website mainly for distracted driving. It’s a movement to get people to get the...