Texting And Dying : A Professional Football Player

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Texting and Dying Five-year-old Xzavier Davis-Bilbo was inspired to be a professional football player, until October 10th, 2010 when he struck by a young woman who was texting while driving. This tragedy left Xzavier paralyzed from the diaphragm down (Hosansky). That same year the National Safety Council released a statement that "28 percent of all traffic crashes, about 1.6 million crashes per year, involved drivers talking on their cell phones or texting" (Texting and Driving Don’t Mix). Young people are not the only culprits behind these calamities, but according to the 2010 Pew Research Center driving statistics, forty-seven percent of adults admitted to texting while only thirty-four percent of teenagers did the same (Collins). An overall ban on cell phone use while operating a vehicle will limit freedom individuals have in their car, but will increase road and highway safety for the mass public. Even though there will be resistance, the dangers of distracted driving should convince lawmakers to pass nationwide legislation against cell phone use while behind the wheel. Nevertheless, the opposition believes that a nationwide ban prohibiting cell phone use while driving would be inconvenient and ineffective. Some professions require a car to become a mobile office, such as real estate agents and truck drivers. Real estate agents are refuting a law in Missouri banning cell phone use while driving and argue that a ban would result in a loss of business (Wyner). Furthermore,

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