No Call or Text Is Worth a Life

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Kyle Warren
SP 180.0.2 Principles of Public Speaking
Assignment 7_07 Written Speech

No Call or Text is Worth a Life

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
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Ultimately, the fact that it is a secondary offense makes it harder for law enforcement to enforce the ban which then in turn allows people to still use cell phones while driving. No state has banned the use of all cell phones completely, including hands free, but 34 states ban all cell phone use for new drivers and 19 states ban it for school bus drivers. Currently, 39 states have a ban on all text messaging and driving while only 4 of those states have it listed as a secondary offense. Some states have included cell phone use as part of their distracted driving laws such as Maine, New Hampshire and Utah (Distracted Driving Laws, 2013). This way, if a law enforcement officers sees a motorist driving while distracted, whether on a cell phone or not, they are permitted to pull the driver over and give them a citation. In my opinion, this is the best way for the law to actually be enforced. Coming from my experience as a police officer, it is hard to tell if a driver is using a handheld cell phone because they try to hide it better now that there is a ban in my state for all handheld cell phone use. This actually makes it more dangerous because the drivers are trying to hide their cell phones which distracts them even more. As a police officer, it is very apparent to me which drivers are driving distracted. If the ban on cell phones was included in a nationwide law for distracted driving, I believe there would be less accidents and fatalities
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