In the year 2013 the state of Florida passed a law indicating that texting and driving is now banned. Even though this law was passed, this law states that in order to get in trouble for this offense you must have to commit 2 offenses, which raised questions for civilians with how effective this law really is. Some residents feared that other residents (mostly referring to teenagers and other young and reckless drivers), will not be open minded to this law. In addition this may lead to some residents living in fear of others breaking the law, resulting in an accident, and having innocent people lose their lives over a simple text message that could have waited. The problem is some locals want to create a more improved exceeding, and stronger law, which is understanding but Florida is doing the best they can do at the moment to help prevent texting and driving.
Johnson gives statistics showing that talking on a cell phone is as dangerous as driving drunk. Moreover, she points out the increasing number of accidents caused by cell phone use. Her conclusion is that we need to personally decide not to use a cell phone while driving and that we need to educate our friends and family to give up using cell phones while driving too. I agree with Jones that cell phones are dangerous and that we should personally choose to not use one while driving; however, I’d go further than Jones by adding that we need to have laws that prohibit anyone from using cell phones in
In fact, most states have already passed laws restricting text messaging or talking on the phone while driving. Just like any other epidemic, this one unquestionably needs the involvement of more than one entity. Only a week ago, on June 7, 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood issued 'Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving’. This blueprint offers a comprehensive strategy to address the growing and dangerous practice of using handheld cell phones behind the wheel. It calls for four crucial steps: Encouraging the 11 states without distracted driving laws to enforce such legislation; push the auto industry to adopt guidelines for technology used in vehicles; offer educational lessons to new drivers about distracted driving; and provide all stakeholders with options for ending distracted driving for
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated a 13% decrease in car fatalities in 1975-2008 saving approximately 27,052 lives since then. Not only the cons of lowering the Legal Drinking Age, our country does not support the idea overall. A 2007 Gallup poll showed that 77% of Americans would vote against the act of lowering the minimum drinking age. Through the years Americans have shown support for the minimum age being 21. Bar graph showing 77% of Americans opposed to lowering the drinking age to 18 nationwide, polled July 12-15, 2007.
Red Light cameras causes more accidents Since the red light camera law went into effect in 2010, rear-end accidents have doubled in parts of Florida (Elmore 2010). It was mainly to prevent automobiles accidents when drivers ran red lights, and was implemented at the behest of widow Mellissa Wandall who lost a family member when a stranger ran a red light. Former State Rep. Ron Reagan was the lead sponsor of the bill. The law gave Florida the power to install cameras in places where the most accident happen due to red light violations, but the Red-Light Camera Law should be put on hold until more research and studies are done because of economic and safety issues related to its use. Professor “Barbara Langland-Orban” professor and chair of Health Policy and Management at the University of South Florida, said that the red light camera does not work.
In addition, Shaffer effectively defends her idea that banning handguns will have no effect on reduction of violent crime, but may actually increase instances of gun crimes. This is due to the fact that civilians would no longer be able to defend themselves effectively. The second article, “Gun control standoff” both sides remain unsolved in bitter debate. Gun control continues to bring out the worst in public opinions. Jost states: “Gun control supporters blame the high rate of violent crime and the large number of gun accidents and suicides on the easy availability of firearms and
According to OSHA, “texting while driving claimed more than 16,000 lives from 2001 to 2007” (United). When texting and driving your reaction time is delayed as much as a legally drunk driver’s reaction time would be (United). Statistics like the ones I stated have been told to many people, but statistics won’t stop people from doing it. On March 8, 2010 a campaign was created by AT&T, a multinational telecommunications corporation. This campaign was created to raise awareness about texting and driving and to convince people to wait until after driving (AT&T).
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.
Thomas B Falkner III, a third year student at Thomas M Cooley Law School, interrogates this, and after being peer reviewed, he published his work in the National Distracted Driving Summit in 2010. Falkner describes texting as an “epidemic” that is sweeping the nation, and that many young drivers believe they can use their cell phones while driving without any impairment on their driving capabilities. He simply states, “Well, they can’t.” Falkner hopes to get all states to make laws prohibiting the act of texting while driving by showcasing the state of Michigan and their impressive decrease in annual car accidents since enforcing the law (Falkner). This law prohibits drivers from reading, typing, and sending text messages while their cars are in motion. The law made allows a police officer to pull a driver over if they suspect a violation of any of the three aforementioned acts while
Government Website for Distracted Driving (2015), 45 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently ban text messaging for all drivers. Additionally, 14 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit drivers of all ages from using handheld cell phones while driving (Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, 2015). With nearly all of the United States implementing this ban on texting and driving, it is safe to assume that this law is worthy enforcing. Two pilot programs, one in Hartford, Connecticut and the other in Syracuse, New York, were launched in order to assess how well the high-visibility enforcement approach contributed to changes in public awareness of enforcement and distracted driving laws as well as changes in observed electronic device use among drivers (U. S. Department of Transportation, 2015). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (2015), throughout this program, roadside observations showed that the percentage of cell phone use while driving dropped from 6.6% to 2.9% in Hartford and from 3.7% to 2.5% in Syracuse.