Cell Phone Use While Driving

990 WordsNov 22, 20154 Pages
Cell phones are integral to people’s lives in Canada because they are vital communication and entertainment tools. However, the use of cell phones has remained contentious, because texting and talking on the phone are associated with distracted driving. Distracted driving is, “defined as the diversion of attention away from activities critical for safe driving toward a competing activity” (Klauer, Guo, Simons-Morton, Ouimet, Lee & Dingus, 2013, p. 55). Although distracted driving is also associated with other activities such as drinking coffee and eating, radio operation and interactions with passengers, cell phone use has received the highest level of interest (Klauer, et al., 2013). A study conducted in 2015 stated about 60% of drivers send texts while driving, while 66% of drivers answer calls in the course of driving (Cheng, 2015). These statistics have contributed to the ongoing discussion on banning cell phone use while driving. When the use of cell phones while driving is banned the number of accidents and deaths on Canadian roads would reduce, some of the losses and financial burden associated with accidents would be reduced or eliminated, allowing the quality of life of those who are involved would be improved. Cell phones are not the only distraction culprit when driving. People participate in distractions of drinking coffee, turning on the radio and smoking while driving on a daily bases. In recent years provinces such as Alberta have also banned such
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