Cell Phone Use Should be Banned While Driving

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You are driving down the road in your brand new Cadillac Escalade. The sky is bright blue without a cloud in the sky. Your phone rings and you answer it. You start talking and get deeply involved in the conversation. Before you know it, you just ran a red light and get side swiped by a school bus. Your life is now upside down. Finally, you are able to pull yourself out of your new Escalade with no injury. However, a few of the students have been injured and one killed. Now you have to live with that for the rest of your life. This is a prime example of cell phone distraction. Therefore, all cell phone usage in vehicles should be prohibited throughout the United States.

Many people have invested in hands-free headsets for their phones. Although this is an excellent idea for phone use during many activities, driving is not one of them. Hands-free headsets or hands-free systems are just as dangerous as holding your phone when you are talking and listening to a conversation while driving. Medical research on the brain has publicized that you can only deeply concentrate on one thing at a time; therefore, when you are driving, you should not talk on the phone. The whole point of driving is to travel from point A to point B. You need to concentrate on what is in front of and surrounding you, not talk on your cell phone with your significant other or anyone.

Cell phones are a convenience, not a necessity for driving. If you need to make a phone call or answer an important call, then you need to find a place to pull over first. It is not worth getting in an accident and risking your life over a phone conversation. Texting on the phone is definitely not a positive option while driving either. Most people have to look at...

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Apparently, people need to be reminded that their full attention on the road is necessary while driving. Do you remember when you had to take a driving test so that you could drive legally? There was no possible way that you could use your cell phone during the test because you were required to have your full attention on the road with both hands placed at ten and two o’clock on the steering wheel. If United States citizens could just put their cell phones out of hands’ reach until they arrive at their destinations, the country would have safer roads and highways. It is a fact that automobile accidents would be lowered tremendously if all of the states participated in the ban of cell phone use while driving. Together, politicians and the people of the United States urgently need to have all cell phone use while driving banned in the rest of the fifty states.
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