Pro Con Essay Banning Cell Phones While Driving

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Pro Banning Cell Phones While Driving Every year thousands of people are killed in car accidents, the main cause of those accidents are cell phones. Using a cell phone while driving causes a driver to become distracted and lose their focus. Most accidents occur while texting or talking on the phone. Cell phones should be banned while driving because they are a distraction to the driver; they are the number one cause of accidents, and texting while driving is completely unnecessary. There are many reasons why cell phones are distracting to a driver but the main two are talking and texting. Simply dialing a phone number causing a driver to take their view off the road and focus on the phone. In that short amount of time a driver can lose complete control of the car. After you dial, you can become so engrossed in conversation that your focus is no longer on driving and the safety of everyone in the car and on the road is put at risk. Most people ask the question “What about Using a Hands free Device?” Although it sounds like a good idea, because you are not using your hands to dial the phone or taking your eyes off the phone, it is just as dangerous as using your cell phone. A hands-free device is not easy to use; a driver who uses it could be even more distracted than by simply holding the phone. Cell phone conversations alone, without dialing or answering, change the way drivers see the world and make them more likely to miss traffic signs and other important information. Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year, according to the journal's publisher, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. A psychology professor from the University of Utah said “If you put a 20-year-old driver behind the wheel with a cell phone, their reaction times are the same as a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone.”
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