Drinking Essay

482 WordsNov 30, 20102 Pages
Drinking and driving…most of us wouldn’t consider driving while drunk. But, most of us have talked on our cell phones while driving. But, do we really appreciate the ramifications of driving and talking on our phones. A recent study by the AAA Foundation, using driving simulators, suggests that drivers talking on their cell phones exhibit the same behaviors as drunk drivers. They weave, they cut off other drivers, they neglect to stop for pedestrians and they ignore stop signs. They also have significantly impaired reaction time. According to the study, drivers talking on their cells phones are more likely to be involved in a rear-end crash than a drunk driver. Well, you say, I always use my Bluetooth while talking on my cell phone when I drive and I’m a great multi-tasker. That’s safer, right? According to the AAA Foundation study, the data regarding reaction time with hand-held devices versus hands-free devices was virtually identical. You are four times more likely to be involved in a crash while having a cell phone conversation while driving regardless if you were using a hand-held or hands-free device. Interestingly, the survey showed that eighty-three percent of the respondents rated drivers using cell phones as a serious or extremely serious problem with only drunk drivers rating as a more serious threat at eighty-eight percent, rating higher than aggressive drivers, excessive speeding and drivers running red lights. However, forty-six percent of these same respondents admitted to themselves using a cell phone while driving in the past thirty days. And, if you think this phenomenon of talking on your cell phone is “no big deal” and this study is just a bunch of statistics and numbers, consider these Colorado fatalities: November 2008, fourth-grader Erica Forney of Fort Collins, was killed by 36 year old Michelle Smith who talking on her cell phone just

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