Unless or until there is clear evidence of a direct link between cell phone use and traffic accidents, the government should not regulate use of cell phones while driving. A better approach is to educate the public to the dangers of driving while distracted and to enforce laws on negligent and reckless driving.
The automobile began as a rich man’s toy, and in today’s society almost every single person owns one of these miraculous inventions. After the automobile became more popular, society has evolved around it, creating highways and fast food chains. The automobile has revised from a bare invention, such as the horseless carriage, to now technologically advanced motor vehicles with bluetooth and wireless internet. Since the beginning age of the automobile in 1885, the invention has advanced, prospered, and changed society throughout the world.
Although cell phone usage has become extremely evolved within this decade, it still has brought many flaws throughout our nation. One would think with the total number of deaths and numerous accidents that the entire nation would eventually come to a conclusion about this issue. But as of right now, twelve states prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.
Texting and driving was banned in 2011 in Indiana because of the overabundance of car accidents that involved cell phones and distracted driving. With this law in place, people thought that it would work and that people would stop using them while driving. This was not the case, however. In Indiana with the texting and driving ban there have only been, “fewer than 400 tickets written as of mid-2014” (Gormley 89). This is not surprising because cell phones are so modest that they are easily missed when police drive by cars. Texting and driving bans are used to better driving accidents, but are not always used to their full extent. On page 89 of "Indiana's Texting-While-Driving Ban: Why Is It Not Working and How Could It Be Better?", Gormley stated, “As it stands today, Indiana’s texting while driving statute contains gaping loopholes, which leave drivers free to engage in risky behaviors with little fear of legal repercussions” (Gormley 89). A loophole they have to get around are actually being able to see the driver texting while driving. Texting and driving bans are newer and do not have all the kinks worked out, but if more states begin using them they will become better used. Putting more of these bans into use will be able to work on all the kinks and better them to use to be more effective and save more lives.
Across the country, most states have laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. Research shows that cell phone use while driving significantly
Daily, thousands of accidents are occurring around the world due to distracted drivers. Scientifically proven, distracted driving is almost, if not worse, equivalent to drunk driving. Drunk driving is illegal therefore the use of cellphones while driving should also be illegal and not permitted. There are far too many innocent deaths caused from irresponsible drivers that are selfish to others on the road. Every driver has the opportunity to make their own decision, life, or simple yet life changing, a text. Virginia recently enforced the law of cell phones not being permitted while driving; many have not realized this enforcement. Normally, police officers will not pull someone
Using a handheld cell phone could be one of the deadliest decisions you could make while operating a motor vehicle. The dangers and impact of using a cell phone while behind the wheel are numerous. One of the main reasons people still use their cell phones while driving is that there is no consistency in the laws across the country. Certain states have legislation that bans cell phone use, while other states only ban certain usage situations. Tough federal legislation is the only way to decrease the use of handheld cell phones while driving. The tougher the laws are, the less likely people will be to use
Not only does using a cell phone while driving put the driver in danger, but it also puts other drivers in danger because it can be distracting.”Distracted driving affects all drivers from time to time and can come with stiff consequences,”(Delbridge). This shows that one is not only putting themselves in danger, but they are putting other drivers at risk as well.Thousands of people have been affected by these distracted drivers and have been injured. “About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver,”(edgarsnyder.com 2018). This is just a small example of how many people who have been affected and this also shows how some of the other drivers are affected.
At least 18 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws restricting the use of mobile communication devices while driving while nine other states prohibit teenagers from texting behind the wheel. In California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon Washington and the Virgin Islands have all banned the use of hand-held phone use in cars.
I believe all states should ban all use on cell phones while driving. I feel by doing this, drivers may stay safer. There are already laws in some states prohibiting the use of phones. A driver using the phone while driving will become distracted, which takes their attention away from the road. If one is not focused on the road, then
A escalated large number of mobile phones has very much made the road safety community aware of the mishaps that can occur on the road by using your cell phone. Not one person is a better-distracted driver than the next. There 's no such thing as a good distracted driver because I hear a lot of people saying that they could drive but if you 're driving distracted you can 't drive. Everybody thinks that they are the perfect driver, but being a great driver consist of driving by the rules for your safety and others. For this reason, standardized regulations laws should be in all states where the use of cell phones and driving are concerned. Research shows that between 20 or 30 percent of automobile accidents happen in the United States while being distracted for any reason such as, talking on the phone in a heated conversation, eating, adjusting the radio, looking off, rubber necking, etc, indicates the increases the risk by four. Other studies, based on driver simulation tests, conclude that people have difficulty multitasking. I really can say that any distraction while driving is dangerous. Driving should have the primary focus, and that 's keeping your eyes on the road at all times because it could be just a second glance of look at something and next thing you know you 're riding over in the next lane. I think every state should have regulations regarding the use of mobile devices.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Administrator David Strickland, “Talking on a cell phone while driving is one of the most dangerous and irresponsible decisions a person can make.” We can reinvent the wheel in this situation and change our daily decisions before driving. DMV.org states that “At least 9 people are killed every day because of a distracted driver. More than 1000 people are injured every day due to a distracted driver.” This is preventable! We can fix the problem by enacting restrictions. Any life lost, is far too many. This also impacts an individual’s car and health insurance
Its been about a hundred and thirty-nine years since Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone. The cellphone was made to replace the phone and its has become poplar. The progression of test messaging and social media sites through the more advanced technology has more people on their phones, becoming one of the largest distractions. Whether people think they can safely type on their phones while driving or just do not think there is any real danger in the act is a misconception. Being on the phone while driving is dangerous and needs to be
Driving in general can be hazardous. Driving and having such a distraction as a cell phone at ear, or ringing somewhere in a car, is ten times more dangerous. Not surprisingly, drivers who use a cell phone while driving perceive cell phone use by others as less of a threat to their safety as do non-users. A huge number of accidents caused by talking on a cell phone. During the last 5 years texting has become insanely popular. It’s a great and convenient tool because people don’t have to call person to just say ‘ok’ on that dinner invitation. The worst part is that many people still think that texting while driving just that ‘ok’ is ok. Unfortunately, even with traffic police enforcing those ‘no cellphone’ laws, individuals still neglect those simple safety concerns. People need to start understanding themselves how dangerous it is.