Why We Should not Use a Cell Phone While Driving
Introduction The use of mobile phones whilst driving has its advantages and disadvantages but it is evident that the demerits are far more severe than the benefits. Discussion of the difficult terms, the background information and facts
1 The numbers of accidents related to drivers using cell phones are higher than drunk driving and other causes of accidents.
2 The younger generation between the ages of 18 to 20 has the highest distracted-driving fatality record of about 5,800 people per year.
The process of driving requires the full attention of the driver. Using a mobile phone while driving increases the chances of causing accidents as the driver is distracted other things. Multi-tasking on the phone, negligence and misjudgment have been cited as the major causes. Body Young people cause more mobile phone-related accidents than any other population group. The youth are the most frequent users of mobile phones The practice of using mobiles when driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Cell phone use causes about 6% of the yearly crashes that is about 600,000 crashes and 2600 deaths. Support for use of mobile phones when driving The call might be an emergency or an urgent client that would require immediate response Use of safety measures such as hands free devices reduces accidents Conclusion Cell phones were created to ease communication problems but they have been misused by car drivers resulting in the loss of lives and destruction of property. The use of cell phones while driving should be banned and heavy legal consequences imposed on the violators of the policy.
The mobile phone was invented with the sole purpose of improving the way in which human beings communicate. The cell phone has eliminated geographical boundaries and increased business activities, entertainment and other functions. The misuse of mobile phones among drivers of vehicles has however led to the increase in cell phone related accidents on most highways and roads. A quick glance at the statistics of road carnage because of using cell phones while driving reveals the following statistics. One, most cell phone car accidents are caused by young drivers between 18 and 25 followed by driver within the age bracket of 25 to 29 (Kiesbye 48).
The attitude towards people that got involved in accident while they were making or receiving a phone call is that they were negligent, unobservant and careless. This is not far from the truth. When driving, it is important to have the greatest concentration on the road. Handling a mobile phone will distract the user. Most youth drive while texting or calling someone and this accounts for the high number of young people in such accidents (Strayer et al 49). Cell phones cause a significant number of deaths on the road networks that can only be compared to drunk driving yet most governments have failed to ban this risky behavior.
While arguing that drivers that use mobile phones while driving are careless and put others at risk, there are certain situations that may require one to use a phone when driving. Medical personnel such as drivers of ambulances and doctors may need to answer their cell phones or PDAs while driving as they handle emergency cases daily (LiveScience 18). Therefore, ignoring calls might mean the loss of lives. The situation is the same for police officers and fire fighters that work with emergencies. There are also devices that can be installed to make handling of cell phones while driving a safe experience. These devices include Bluetooth and hand held devices that may make or receive calls (Yeager 73). However, keeping the full concentration on the driving experiences without any technological hindrances is the best way of keeping safe.
Kiesbye, Stefan. Cell Phones and Driving. Farmington Hills, Mich: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print.
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Yeager Jeff. Cheapskates against Talking While Driving. The Daily Green. Accessed on 26 November 2012. Retrieved from http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/save-money/cell-phone-driving-461109