Persuasive Essay—Cell phones and driving
Balancing my coffee on my left leg, eating a donut with my right hand, using my cell phone with my left hand, driving with my right knee and having a conversation with a friend at the same time are surprisingly enough all legal, as long as they don’t interfere with my driving. While all these distractions can potentially interfere with my driving, the one most people often notice is the use of cell phones. Although using cell phones while driving can potentially cause disaster, they should not be banned by it.
Many issues exist regarding how distracting a cell phone is when used while driving. Cell phones are a major distraction. In fact, the United States has over 250 million cell-phone users (“N.Y. Passes Phone”). Moreover, the risk of getting in an accident with a cell phone is nearly five times greater (“N.Y. Passes Phone”). However, cell phones are not the only distraction. Many other distractions exist. Some of these distractions include changing clothes, eating food, applying makeup, reading a book and changing the radio. Moreover, all of these distractions can be as dangerous as using a cell phone.
Both good and bad things happen as a result of driving while using a cell phone. Just about a year ago a good family friend was on her way to work talking on her cell phone and for some unknown reason her Chevy Silverado Left the roadway and ejecting her and killing her on impact. Her friend on the other end heard the crash as it happened. She left behind 3 grown kids and 6 grand kids that will never get to see the grandmother again because of driving and talking on a cell phone. For one, it is a major cause of accidents. “A 1997 study in the New England Journal of Medicine said the handheld phones posed about as much of a problem for drivers as drunken driving” (“N.Y. Passes Phone”). In addition, cell phones are said to be the second-leading cause of accidents involving motor...
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