Driving While Distracted

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Pick one of the Current Issues topics that are at the beginning of each chapter in the book and discuss, in your own words, both sides to the issue. In addition, answer all questions presented at the end of the issue. Then give your opinion on the issue and explain your point of view. This project should be 3 pages long (single spaced) and is due on 12/17. Driving While Distracted 1. Is it fair that in some states, a ban on texting while driving only applies to drivers under a certain age? 2. Should the use of all handheld devices, including just talking on the phone, be banned completely while driving? 3. In some states a driver can only be cited for a handheld phone violation if the driver commits another moving violation while on the phone. Is that a reasonable solution? Weighing the Issues: Do You Drive While Distracted? Even when drivers are totally focused on their driving, accidents can happen. So what can happen if drivers are not totally focused? According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 6,000 deaths, over 500,000 …show more content…

As of January 2012, 9 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands will have banned all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving and 34 states plus the District of Columbia and Guam will have banned drivers from text messaging. Laws for novice drivers are even more stringent, with 30 states plus the District of Columbia banning novice drivers from using cell phones and 41 states plus the District of Columbia banning novice drivers from texting while driving. It is likely more states will adopt some form of legislation targeting drivers’ cell phone use and/or texting in the future. Americans, when polled, are usually strongly in favor of laws curbing using cell phones while

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