Cell Phones While Driving

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Cell Phones While Driving: Safe or Not There are many distractions facing people while driving these days, but to many none more dangerous than using a cell phone. Cell phone use while driving is a dangerous practice that should be prohibited. Nothing is so important that cannot wait until the car is stopped to talk on the phone. The controversy of whether the use of a cell phone while driving is dangerous or not rages on. Until conclusive studies are done to show that the benefits outweigh the risks, cell phone use should be forbidden. Laws should be adopted to restrict cell phone use while driving. This dangerous activity should, at minimum, be added to the reckless driving laws of each state. There are many other activities people often do while they are supposed to be concentrating on their driving: eating food, reading the paper, and applying make-up, but driving and talking on the phone may be the most dangerous. I was once one of those people, driving with a coffee in one hand, the steering wheel in the other, and my cell phone nestled between my shoulder and my ear. That is until a dear friend of mine was killed in a car accident. He was broadsided by a young woman distracted by the conversation she was having on her phone. The young woman is just one of the more than an estimated 322 million wireless subscribers in the United States as of 2011, and that comprises 102% of the population (CTIA). The Nationwide Insurance survey in 2007 showed approximately 73 percent of those drivers with cell phones used them while driving (Sundeen). With the distractions that people have while driving adding cell phone use just increases the chance for accidents. The 2006 State Legislative Update acknowledges that cell phone use while driving can be dangerous, and the risk for accidents high. In 1997 a research study was done by Redelmeier and Tibshirani and
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