Cell Phones Should Be Regulated Essay

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Cell Phones and Driving Diana Sanchez Strayer University The popularity of mobile phones has grown enormously in the past two decades. With the social media applications, texting features and ability to make phone calls mobile phones have lead drivers to become more distracted on the road. Drivers talking on the phone and texting behind the wheel is growing at an alarming rate and quickly becoming a deadly problem. The drivers inattention is the leading cause of car accidents. “According to an article from a journal of the National Transportation Safety Board (2011), more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distractions-related accidents,” (p. 1) In Florida cell phones should be prohibited because of the alarming casualties and accidents. There are many horror stories about distracted drivers chatting on their cell phones. For example, in a letter to the editor, Anthony Ambrose describes being passed by another driver “who was holding a coffee mug and a cigarette in one hand, and a cell phone in the other, and who had what seemed to be a newspaper balanced on the steering wheel—all at approximately 70 miles per hour” (128). Another driver, Peter Cohen, says that after he was rear- ended, the guilty party emerged from his vehicle still talking on the phone (127). Admittedly, some drivers do use their cell phones irresponsibly. The dangers are real, but how extensive are they? To date there have been few scientific reports on the relation between cell phone use and traffic accidents. In 1997, Donald Redelmeier and Robert Tibshirani studied 699 drivers who owned mobile phones and had been in accidents. The drivers, who volunteered for the study, gave the researchers detailed billing records of their phone calls. With these data, the researchers found that “the risk of a collision when using a cellular

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