To engage ourselves in a construcive work, we have started a campaign to spread awareness about accidents related to cell phones and driving. In the reference material attached to this letter, you can see various newspapers cuttings and photographs that highlight the gravity of the situation. In the year 2008 alone, nearly 6,000 American residents lost their lives because of accidents related to a cell phone use while driving. Moreover, car crashes and texting via cell phones while driving have been related more closely in recent years. Cell phones usage while driving has been rated to be far more dangerous than drunk driving, which highlights the dangers of using cell phones when we are commuting from one destination to the other.
In Road Rage, Ferguson points out that in a recent survey that the Coalition for Consumer Health and Safety did, 64% of the people mentioned that they are driving less mannerly and more recklessly than they did about five years ago (553). We all know that road rage can be cause due to many reasons like stress at work and problems at home. Ferguson also points out that road rage could be solve if we had more police and tougher punishments (556), but we all know that won’t really help. I don’t even think that therapy for those road rage individuals would help. We all just have to pray every time we get into a car and just have patience.
There is another reason to prohibit using the cell in car is distracting people from driving. In this day there are more than 1.35 billion mobile phones, and in some countries more than half of the population own these devices. In the united states there are more than 224 million people used wireless phone while driving in 2006, when we compared that with approximately 4.3 million in 1990, according to the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. there is a danger associated with driving and using a cell-phone. Even though, people know those affects, they continue to use it.
Driving while talking should be banned. When a cell phone goes off in a movie theatre or at a concert it is very irritating but, at least our lives are not endangered. When we are on the road, irresponsible cell phone users are more than irritating; they are putting our lives at risk. When certain kinds of driver behaviors are shown to be especially dangerous, we wisely draft special laws making them illegal imposing specific punishments, so talking on a cell phone in a moving vehicle should be no exception. Many of us have witnessed drivers dialing and talking on cell phones, resembling drunk drivers swerving all over the roads.
Many states began passing legislation either in response to fatal crashes involving texting while driving, or near fatal crashes that involved texting while driving. By the early part of 2010, 21 states had banned texting while driving. De Soto provides numerous statistics that compare drunk driving to texting. The studies were used showed that texting while driving is just as dangerous to public safety as drunk driving. De Soto list several fatal and non-fatal accidents cases from New York to Washington State from texting while driving.
Even those Bluetooth headsets raise the potential risk of an accident. Even though a person’s hands may be free of the cellular device, he or she is still being distracted by the conversation. Cell phone usage while driving causes 2,500 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year. People who drive while talking on a cell phone raise the risk of an accident or death. Recent studies show that a person driving while talking on a cell phone has less awareness of the road than a person who is driving drunk.
Cell phones while Driving should be Illegalized Written by: Scenny Fryson Manoe/121211233005 Drivers should not be able to use their cell phones while driving because it is very dangerous for the driver, as well as others who are traveling along the same road. Cell phones are also a major distraction to the driver because it occupies one’s eyes and attention, which should be focused on the road. Everyday people die in car accidents because they use cell phones while driving. According to research cell phones are leading factors that cause accidents. Studies show that a cell phone put drivers at a four time greater risk of a crush.
Research found that 60% of cellular phone usage is done while driving. The use of cellular phones, in general, has skyrocketed recently, with more than 137 million subscribers in the United States alone (Goepel 1). In recent years, cellular phones have proven to be a key factor in the cause of many major accidents; some of which may have been prevented if there were laws in place banning the use of cellular phones while driving. Scientists have found links between cellular phone usage and traffic accidents through simulated driving. Many tests were performed by David L. Strayer of the University of Utah.
Approximately 1.4 million accidents occur during phone conversations and two hundred thousand from texting.3 Texting drivers may be as impaired as a driver who is legally drunk. Laws should be changed or enacted to prevent senseless accidents, and unnecessary deaths. About five thousand people die annually texting while driving.3 Three-hundred thousand people are hospitalized for injuries obtained from accidents cause by phone use in the vehicle.4 Again no state in the U.S. completely bans all cellular phone use in the vehicle for all age groups.1 Without firm, enforced laws or probations regarding phone use in vehicles this issue will continue to grow worse. 1. 2012, Texting And Distracted Driving Infograaphic, retrieved on 2014, January 27, from:
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