No Call, No Text, Just Drive
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration at least 23% of all traffic accidents or 1.3 million accidents involve cell phone use per year. An estimated 1.2 million of these were from cell phone conversations and 100,000 additional from texting. (Lane, 2010) Imagine receiving a phone call that a loved one has been killed in an accident caused by a driver being on their cell phone. Are lives worth a text or a phone call? Absolutely not! I do admit that there are many other distractions that can cause injury or death, but why not start with something that we can control. Cell phone usage should be banned while driving due to the risk of death or injury.
Cell phones, kids, eating, and the radio are all things that can distract drivers. Cell phones are a big part of today’s society. Landlines are becoming a thing of the past and are being replaced with cell phones. Cell phones are great to have in emergency situations and it makes it easier to reach someone. People usually carry their cell phones with them everywhere they go. Banning cell phones would be a difficult thing to enforce and a difficult habit to break for a lot of people. Hands-free devices are available to make talking on the phone easier when driving.
Texting is an obvious distraction in driving. How can you pay attention to the road and your surroundings when you are texting? The answer is you just simply can not. One text could change or end your life or someone else’s! Is LOL or OMG worth risking an accident? Or even maybe a life? The simple truth is it can wait. Wait until you arrive at your next stop or if it is that important pull over somewhere. This is becoming a serious risk to everyone. Even though it may not be possible to stop everyone from using their cell phones even if half of these accidents were prevented we would make an improvement.
Talking on your cell phone is another distraction, yes even on a hands free...
References: Lane, K. (2010). The National Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and texting www.nsc.org
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