Texting and Driving 8

Texting and Driving 8




Cellular telephones are fast becoming an important factor in highway safety. Even though they make our lives easier in many ways, like checking our email, receiving phone calls, sending text messages, listening to music, going on the Internet, and taking pictures, all at our fingertips, they are also very dangerous when used while driving. They take away our vision and our attention, which is obviously essential while driving. There are many studies currently being made looking into the risks involved with driving vehicles and talking or texting on cellular phones. According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, 2,600 people died in 2004 and 330,000 more were injured while using cell phones just before an accident. In essence, cell phones should not be used while driving, merely because it puts one’s life and others in danger.


Cellular telephones are fast becoming an important factor in highway safety. "Cellular phones are becoming increasingly universal, marked by a 1,685 percent increase in the number of users from 1988 to 1995."


One of the pre-requisites of obtaining a drivers license is being able to successfully keep your attention focused on several things at once, traffic congestion, road conditions, and pedestrians on the sidewalks. Talking on a cell phone is a lot less distracting than the kids fighting in the back seat and for those that do get in accidents because they can’t manage to hold a phone to their ear and drive at the same time are probably the same people that would eventually get in an accident anyway because they are putting makeup on, shaving or even getting dressed on the way to work. It simply just too much to add new laws just because people cant pay attention or learn to deal with distractions; It is part of knowing how to drive. It is okay to add new laws to protect us from the poor choices of others, but to ban cell phones is excessive. There already have laws...

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