Monday, July 16, 2018

The Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

There are several issues that just gets under my skin, but the one that I have extreme dislike for is people who talk on their cell phones while driving. I know it's a common thing that people do on a regular basis and that people can't live without their phones, but is a conversation worth getting into an accident? The average number of people who drive on roadways while talking on cell phones have drastically rose to ten percent in 2005, making the streets a dangerous area for people to be in contact with a distracted driver.

Let me give you an incident that happened on my way to work this morning. I was driving at 70 mph on the freeway, when I noticed a person coming towards my lane without even checking her blind spot to see if another car was in the lane. I had to literally slammed on my brakes to avoid the woman from hitting me. Thank goodness no one was in front or behind me. But to make a long story short, the woman was chatting away on her cell phone and did not even notice that she was about to cause an accident on the freeway.

I have to admit, there are times when I had to use my cell phone while driving, but only when I have to make a quick call to check on my son. Other than that, I believe conversations on the phone can wait until I come to a complete stop in a parking lot or at home. I never understood why people be on the phone and not pay attention to what's in front of them.

Cell phone use while driving can be just as deadly on roadways compared to drinking and driving or even road rage. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,cell phone use while driving can degrade a person's performance to driving. Over twenty-five percent of traffic accidents reported by police are contributed to driver distraction with a cell phone. Now laws have been enforced to prevent accidents from happening on roadways. States such as California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. have passed laws that prohibit the use of hand held cell phones while driving. In the state of Texas, there have not been any laws passed to ban cell phone use with drivers, but it has been in discussion.

I'm not condoning cell phone use inside of vehicles, but I feel that there should be other ways for drivers to talk while driving, such as an handset or Bluetooth (which I have two of). But even handless devices can cause problems with drivers, mainly because the person behind the wheel is not focused to what is in front of him. Even with the many laws passed to protect roadways from senseless drivers and the many devices used to help drivers, it still does not change the fact that drivers will still get behind the wheel and perform reckless driving to get to their destination. Overall, if drivers feel they can't use a handless device, or if they are easily distracted on the road by their conversation, then they should not be driving, because they are a danger to others on the road.

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