Cellphone Use While Driving

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The use of cellphones has become more popular with every passing year, causing many people to become physically and emotionally attached to their cellphones. American society today is constantly on the phone, from texting, to calling, to surfing the web, to even taking pictures; people seem to never put their phones down. Since the use of cells phones is skyrocketing, it has brought up an issue that the use of these devices while behind the wheel increases accidents (Hahn and Preiger par. 1). People don’t realize how distracting a cellphone can really be. Distracted driving is defined as, “driving a vehicle while engaging in an activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the task of driving”(dictionary. Almost everyone owns a cellphone today, causing distracted driving to become a big issue (Driven to Distraction par. 1). When a driver is distracted from driving they are unaware of the things happening in their driving environment. Using a cellphone while driving causes drivers to become distracted from driving physically, visually, cognitively and from their auditory senses. A driver is distracted physically and visually when they opt to use their cell phone when driving. “Physical distraction is when drivers have to use one or both of their hands to hold the phone, dial a number, or end a call instead of focusing on the tasks required by driving” (Ahmad Ba-Masq 3). Not using a turn signal, being unable to shift gears, and not having both hands on the steering wheel leads to physical distractions. Driving requires two hands on the wheel, but when a driver chooses to only use one hand they are putting themselves and other drivers into greater danger. When driving with one hand on the wheel driver... ... middle of paper ... ...s and Driving Safety." Healthy Hearing, 10 Aug. 2009. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Hitti, Miranda. "Driving Cell Phones = Big Road Risk." WebMD. WebMD, 29 June 2006. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. "Mobile Phone Use: A Growing Problem of Driver Distraction." World Health Organization, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Mulgrew, Ian. "Cell Phone Use While Driving Needs Stiff Penalties." Cell Phones and Driving. Ed. Stefan Kiesbye. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. At Issue. Rpt. from "Ticket for Using a Cellphone While Driving Doesn't Go Far Enough." VancouverSun 9 Nov. 2009. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 4 Nov. 2013 "NSC Estimates 1.6 Million Crashes Caused by Cell Phone Use and Texting." NSC. National Safety Council, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. Radel, Dan. "Smartphones Create Stupid Driving Habits." APP. The Asbury Park Press, 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
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