Texting And Driving: A Deadly Distraction

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Talking, Texting and Driving: A Deadly Distraction Kenneth Smith Professor Barry McCollough ENG-215 Research and Writing December 17, 2013 Concerns have been raised that use of a cellular phone while driving increases the risk of traffic collisions, property damage, injuries, and fatalities. A variety of groups, including the wireless communications industry and transportation safety groups, have initiated educational campaigns that encourage the prudent use of cellular phones while driving. These safety concerns have also led policymakers to consider whether the use of a cellular phone while driving should be regulated or even prohibited. Such bans, at least with respect of handheld phones by drivers, have already been enacted in…show more content…
It is not realistic to expect people to completely stop using mobile devices in vehicles. There are many ways to reduce this phenomenon including: Legislation, public education and technological improvements (Ba-Masq 2013). Therefore all 50 states should have standardized some sort of regulation prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. In December of 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) unanimously recommended that all states ban the use of cell phones and other portable electronics by automobile drivers. Though the board cannot enact regulations itself, its suggestions are taken serious by lawmakers. Many states have some sort of regulation dealing with cell phone use while driving, be it a ban on texting or the requirement of hands free equipment. However, this recommendation exceeds those measures, calling for a prohibition of all usage except with emergency situations (Sneed…show more content…
It is often difficult to see into a vehicle to determine if someone is talking on the phone, and even if a highway patrolman stops an individual for breaking the ban, hundreds of others will likely go unpunished. This problem is similar to driving above the speed limit. Most people will do it at one time or another and only the most conspicuous violators are likely to be penalized. When drivers realize that a ban is rarely, if ever, enforced, they will be emboldened to make more calls and may ignore a ban altogether (Hamel
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