Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

562 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
It has been reported that roughly 660,000 U.S citizens use their cell phones while driving on a daily basis. You are four times more likely to get into an accident if you are talking on your cell phone and twenty-three times more likely to get into a car crash if you are texting while driving. Reports have also shown that 11% of drivers who are between the ages of 15-19 were distracted at the time of a fatal crash. A cell phone distracted 21% of those drivers at the time of the fatal crash. Of the drivers under the age of 18, 46% of them have admitted to texting while driving. Over the past decade law enforcement has been cracking down on cell phone use and driving. It has been deemed extremely dangerous and can cause serious accidents and in some cases even death. If you are talking on your cell phone your reaction time becomes slower and does not give you enough time to respond to potentially harmful situation. California currently has three laws involving cell phone use and driving. The first California cell phone law bans any cell phone or wireless phone use while driving and if you are under the age of 18 you are banned from using a hands free device. The third law involving cell phones prohibits texting while driving, which can be equally dangerous. The cell phone laws do not affect passengers of the vehicle; this law only applies to the driver of the vehicle. Handheld cell phones can only be used if there is an emergency, if the person using the cell phone is on
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