Cell Phone

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Cell Phones in the Hands of Drivers: A Risk or a Benefit?

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Paul Levi

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English 101 Professor Baldwin 2 April XXXX

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. . . Finally, the data do not indicate that the drivers were at fault in the collisions; it may be that cellular telephones merely decrease a driver’s ability to avoid a collision caused by someone else. (457) Pointing out that cell phones have benefits as well as risks, the authors do not recommend restrictions on their use while driving. Unfortunately, most states do not keep adequate records on the number of times phones are a factor in accidents. As of December 2000, only ten states were trying to keep such records (Sundeen 2). In addition, currently there is little scientific evidence comparing the use of cell phones with other driver

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Levi 3 distractions: fiddling with the radio, smoking, eating, putting on makeup, shaving, and so on. Alasdair Cain and Mark Burris of the Center for Urban Transportation Research surveyed research on the cell phone issue as of 1999 and concluded that there is “no nationally-accredited document to prove the connection between mobile phone use and traffic accidents.” Because research results have been so inconclusive, it makes sense to wait before passing laws that might well be unnecessary. Weighing risks and benefits In 2000, researchers at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis found that the risks of driving while phoning were small compared with other driving risks. Whereas the cell phone user’s chances of dying are about 6 in a

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