Using Cell Phones While Driving

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Using a cell phone while driving is a very dangerous obsession to do. I believe that there should be a law in every state banning the use of cell phones while driving. If a person uses a cell phone while driving he or she is easily distracted. It is one of the major causes of traffic accidents. Using a cell phone while driving also lowers a person’s reaction time. It is hard enough to pay attention to the road, while trying to talk to someone on a cell phone. That is just asking for trouble. In order to drive safely, a person must have their full attention on the road. 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. So I believe that if someone is caught driving while using their phone, the offense should be treated as a DUI. In order for a person to avoid an accident or anything that could cause harm to someone or something they must have fast reflexes. A person’s reaction time is greatly decrease while driving and using a cell phone. “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,” said University psychology professor David Strayer. Drivers under the age of twenty do not have fast reflexes. Teenagers think they can talk or text message while driving, but they really can not. It will only lead to accident, or worse, a
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