English 50: Final
28 April, 2014
Talking & Texting While Driving Can Be Fatal
It was a peaceful, quiet Saturday night in Manteca, California with clear beautiful skies and the stars shinning peacefully bright in the moonlight. Zachariah Gomez and four of his friends like to stroll down Yosemite Avenue on weekends when there is no school the next day. All of a sudden, there were tires screeching louder and louder then you hear a big thumping sound with people screaming. The screeching sound had stopped but the screaming was getting louder by the minute. At a blink of an eye, many lives would be changed on this dark beautiful night. According to the Merced Sun-Star news on the Web, a 19 year old Stockton woman named Mia Sara Agular, a distracted driver was arrested in Manteca early Saturday morning after she ran into the teens walking along the road, killing Zachariah Gomez, 14, of Manteca instantly. Agular, who was driving a 1995 Saturn, approached the area where the teens were walking. Agular looked away from the roadway for a split second to look at her cell phone, and her car drifted off into the right, hitting all the pedestrians, killing Zachariah and injuring all the other teens. Similar stories like these are becoming headline news more often these days with cell phone usage while driving. The debate goes on, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), have been conducting numerous studies about the tragedies of cell phone usage while driving and should cell phones be banned by all drivers. According to the article “Is it time to ban hands-free mobile phones while driving,” by authors Ian J. Fauks and Julia Irwin argue that hands-free mobile phone use while driving should be banned. They explain how talking or listening to hands-free devices affects driving by “diverting the drivers attention and disrupting decision making time. While talking on a mobile phone may not...