Why banning the use of cell phones while driving should be mandatory nationwide
January 27 2014
Cell phones are wonderful tools used every day in our society you can use them to check the weather, surf the internet, browse the latest scores, and much more. There are places we should not use our phones. When we are driving we should leave it in our purse or pocket and focus on the task at hand. Cell phone use in the vehicle distracts the driver and leads to unneeded accidents and close calls. Your conversation can wait put the phone away. Many states have laws and probations but not one completely bans all cellphone use for all age groups.1
All phone use in a vehicle is responsible for unnecessary accidents, not just texting. About twenty eight percent of accidents are linked to phone use in the vehicle.2 When just over a quarter of accidents are caused by such carelessness I think it’s time to do something about the root problem. Texting drivers spend about ten percent of their driving time outside their lane.1 All phone use is responsible and should be banned not just texting. Approximately 1.4 million accidents occur during phone conversations and two hundred thousand from texting.3 Texting drivers may be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk.
Laws should be changed or enacted to prevent senseless accidents, and unnecessary deaths. About five thousand people die annually texting while driving.3 Three-hundred thousand people are hospitalized for injuries obtained from accidents cause by phone use in the vehicle.4 Again no state in the U.S. completely bans all cellular phone use in the vehicle for all age groups.1 Without firm, enforced laws or probations regarding phone use in vehicles this issue will continue to grow worse.
1. 2012, Texting And Distracted Driving Infograaphic, retrieved on 2014, January 27, from: http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/
2 . 2010, Cell-phone use linked to wrecks, retrieved...