Cell Phones While Driving Essay

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Cell Phones and Driving In today’s society we’ve all become attached to our cell phones. Cell phones make our lives easier in many ways we can check our email, receive phone calls, send text messages, listen to music, and take pictures, all at our finger tips. With all this convenience, however there is a dangerous side to cell phones, and that’s when we use them while driving. Most of us are guilty of using cell phones while driving, but have we ever thought about its danger? Five states plus Washington D.C. have put hand held bans on cell phones while driving. California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. have hand-held bans, and many states have bans for specific drivers (Cummings). Maine has a ban…show more content…
60 percent of teens admitted to risky driving. Nearly half of those drivers admitted to text messaging while driving (EdgarSnyder).
In April, 2009, in Houston Texas five children lost their lives when the car they were in lost control and slid into a rain swollen ditch. The driver lost control of the vehicle when he went to answer his ringing cell phone. The car went into the ditch and was swept 100 feet down the raging current. The rescue team was unable to reach the car with the trapped passenger. Two adults and one ten year old girl were able to escape, but five children under the age of seven all passed away (.argusleader).
A 17 year old girl was driving in Jacksonville Florida. She said that she “just
glanced down at her cell phone” when she struck a 44 year old man. He was working on side of the road with his tree trimming crew when he was struck by the distracted driver. The man was pinned between the car and the wood chipper. The man was listed in critical condition, but his injuries are not life threatening. A recent ban on texting while driving was passed in Florida. There may be charges brought against the young driver (www.foryourprotection.com). I believe that there should be a law put in effect nation wide to ban all cell phone use while driving. We all need to realize the danger and start by not answering, calling, or texting will we

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