Bryce 2 eyes off the road, for a few seconds which at some speeds is like crossing a foot ball field before coming to a stop, which could be a deadly consequences (ProQuest). Cell phones need to be banned from the hand of the person operating a motor vehicle. One day last week I was on my way to work, I started out my drive way and down the neighborhood street following a car going about 15 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour. As I changed lanes to pass by this car, I noticed they were talking on their cell phone and not noticing any of the other cars around them. As I was trying to get onto the highway, and while trying to merge lanes, what to my surprise but a gentleman on his phone moving slower than the posted speed limit of 60 miles per hour. So I must also slow down to around 40 miles per hour to merge onto the highway. Miles later down the road another driver who's car is crossing the white line a little to far to the left, now they are driving in two lanes. Just a few more miles down the road and again this distracted driver crosses over the lines and a bit to far in the right lane, I am not sure which lane they plan to drive on the highway, and again to my utmost surprise, another person on the road with a phone placed up to their ear, talking on the phone so involved in their conversation, which must have been so very important, that it could not wait until the car was not being driven. Later on a few more miles down the road during this trip off to work the traffic slows down to then find the gentleman from one of the earlier cars that I had to pass, pulled to the side of the road, cell phone no longer held up to his ear, with a police man walking up to the car. Was this driver going too slow, or did the officer notice him crossing the lines,not being sure of which lane this driver may be using, all because he could not wait till his drive was over, and he was safely at his
Bryce 3 destination, to make a phone call. I really hope he got a nice size ticket or citation for his bad driving. This type of day happens to me most days in to work. I see at least one if not more persons with their phone up to their ear intently in conversation and not totally focused on the task of driving. Most of the people that are passed during this daily trip to work are doing this form of distracted driving believe that they can concentrate on the task of driving and talking on their phone. None of these people are correct because you use so many skills to drive a car, and when you are involved with your cell phone these skills are not in use for the task of driving. You can get so involved in a conversation on the phone that you do not remember or realize that you are still driving your car, and it is crossing the lines into another lane, until someone honks their horn at you. Back in the day when I got my license to drive cell phones were not part of our world, and there was not a worry of using them and getting distracted from the task of driving. I believe when a driver is learning to drive the instructor must teach them the dangers of driving and using their cell phone. By demonstrating how it distracts your driving. Also they can do a course of driving down the road in a controlled atmosphere using a cell phone and trying to stop on a dime, to find out that it takes them almost a foot ball fields length to make that stop. This course could also show how they try to drive in one lane, and show how they actually drive in a few crossing the lines of the lanes while they are trying to use that cell phone. By showing possible distractions on the road that they miss while being distracted on their phone. The results of this course would show a driver how distracted they really are by using their phones while driving. This may give
Bryce 4 a good example of what could happen in real life on the roads. The drivers could also be expected to watch videos of persons who have been in accidents caused by a driver who was distracted while using their cell phone and driving at the same time. They could then learn that someone receiving a text message that read meet us tonight, caused them to cross the lines of the lanes on the road they were driving on and caused a fatal accident. For someone to lose their life by reading this message it might help others to understand why using your cell phone while trying to drive anywhere is not a good idea and needs to be totally banned. Today there are laws out there that make it illegal to drive your car and operate a cell phone at the same time. Some cities have even made up stricter laws about the use of a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Some cities have also placed signs up stating to park and text. “Brooklyn, a Cleveland suburb, was the first community in the nation to pass driving-and-phoning legislation” (Scherer). Citations in Pennsylvania were at a rate of 346 since their law was enacted, a law which is still evolving (Copeland). In the United States were cellphones out number the number of cars on the road, the use of the phones while driving is very likely happening. Educating drivers, of the dangers of driving a car and using a cell phone at the same time, will need to be the most important step. That it can be dangerous to the driver and those around the driver at the time. Educating the new young drivers about the dangers, showing them the accidents that were caused by someone using a cell phone while they were driving. Having a car that may have been in an accident caused by someone who was involved in using their cell phone and not paying attention to their driving. This
Bryce 5 may show these young drivers the possibilities of the distraction caused when someone uses their cell phone by talking and texting while they are driving. We could use the words of loved ones left behind after some one lost their life, either while they were texting, or as the result of someone else texting that caused the accident. Letting these new drivers know how senseless it was for the texter to get a message, they could not wait until they were not behind the wheel to read. Today television has a few advertisements showing how reading a simple text message caused someone to lose their life in an accident. It is more dangerous for first time teen drivers when school is out, because they have more free time to be out and driving about, and these drivers have less experience driving (Carr). Education should be of the highest priority of to these young new drivers on the road, to educate and make it as unacceptable to use your cell phone while driving as it is being drunk behind the wheel (Genachowski). All drivers will need to be educated on the hazards of driving on the road, and any use of a cell phone and even a mobile device of any kind while they are driving. Even having a licensing class system that gradually gives more experienced first time drivers a step up license. New drivers would have to have more time on the road, and time in bad weather, along with time in a texting test environment which would show what texting and driving can do. There could be restrictions for those newer drivers on their license that they would have to pass steps to get a full status drivers license. They may even put out licenses that show that this person is a non texting driver. Just the same as having a designated driver when you go out, some teens now a designated texter in the car for their trips out.
Bryce 6 Regularly licensed drivers should also get the education to show them the dangers of texting and driving. There could be a test site to show them how their driving changes if they are using their phone when driving. Just like the driving test you must pass to first get your license you should go through a course showing you how you drive while on a cell phone in a controlled atmosphere. They can also receive a non texting driver license. Each year they renew their license they should have to go through refresher courses to teach and remind them of these dangers. If there is enough education of drivers, there may be less distracted cell phone using drivers on the roads. There also needs to be stricter laws out there for people who are found using a cell phone while driving, unlike those of today, where a teen would have to be pulled over for another offense first. These new laws would have to apply to all drivers no matter what the age of the driver, if they are caught using a cell phone when driving they should be sited for a first offense, fines to increase with each offense, along with the possibility of losing your license for a specified period of time, and having to go to a driving school to make them aware of the dangers, they are placing everyone on the road, while they are trying to use a cell phone and drive at the same time. This education would be like the extra education of other violation schools that teach along with additional driving skill tests. I believe that all drivers should have to go through education regularly or when you go in to the bureau of motor vehicle center to renew your license you should have to be educated on the laws of texting and cell phone use while driving. All drivers should have to go through a refresher course to see what could happen just by using their phone. Just
Bryce 7 like getting your first license going through a course to pass and show that you have seen what could happen if you are distracted while driving. By using simulators to show how they drive, and not just telling them that they are distracted. Some people will learn more by doing than by hearing that their driving is being distracted while they use their cell phone at the same time they are operating a motor vehicle. Making it that they need to pass before the simulated driving before they can renew their license. In the end “my hope is that ten years from now there will be systems built into all automobiles that disable all hand-held devises when the car is in motion” (Coben). However even with this in place, the older model cars on the road will not be equipped with this technology. What if there were some scrambler systems that could disengage a cell phones use while the car is in motion. In that way any car on the road could be effected, and not just the newer cars on the roads. There could even be made space on roads to pull your car over to make an important phone call, or read that very important text message. By educating all drivers using a simulator to show just how each and every one drives in varying stages of distraction while they are using their cell phones, either by talking on it while driving, or using it to text message while they are driving. This type of education and doing the education on a regular basis with all drivers, along with the laws that would make it just as illegal to text or talk on your phone and drive, as it is for being drunk behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Using a class level of a license for the drivers, and even possibly a license that states you do not use the cell phone while driving. With the strong education and just as strong laws we may be able to take the use of cell
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