Phones While Driving

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The popularity of cell phones is growing and will continue to be adopted by more and more consumers every day. Likewise, the escalation of using cell phones in every aspect of day to day life, even while people are driving is becoming extremely popular. Going hand in hand, cell phone ownership and the usage of cell phones is only going to continue on expanding. A study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project revealed that cell phone ownership is indeed increasing. Their findings determined in 2013, “Cell phones are now being used by 91% of adults… [compared to their findings of 65% of adults in November of 2004]” (Rainie). In addition to their findings they acknowledged that, “… the cell phone is the most…show more content…
With the evident popularity of cell phone ownership and cell phone usage there is bound to be controversy. Consisting of two sides, the debate is whether or not to prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Although, this is a debate that contains an important topic, both sides whether for or against prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, have authentic arguments. This debate emerged mainly from the argument that cell phones distract drivers from the road, creating a threat to other drivers that are on the road. Aside from the fact that prohibiting cell phones while driving, may lower distractions behind the wheel and accidents that could result in death, it could also be a dangerous call to prohibit cell phone use while driving. Not only acting as a lifesaving precaution, but with new advancements in technology, cell phones are now less of a distraction behind the…show more content…
The editors failed to recognize that although cell phones create a distraction while driving, they are not the only distraction while driving. Who is to say that banning the use of cell phones while driving will make a difference if there are still other dangerous distractions diverting driver’s attentions on the road? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote an informational article, “Distracted Driving”. Within the article, the CDC stated, “Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver” (“Distracted Driving”). From this quoted statement, it does not contain the details of what distraction caused the accidents that resulted in death or injury. The CDC continued on to describe what distracted driving activities are such as, “Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others” (“Distracted Driving”). With many activities considered a distraction while driving a car, the use of a cell phone is only one out of many. Once more, the CDC established that,
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