According to Ian Mulgrew, a journalist/author from Canada, many accidents are blamed on distracted driving and most of the distractions are caused by cell phone usage (Mulgrew). This shows that accidents are being caused by texting and driving. A majority of people have busy lives that leaves them to get things done while on the road. Texting or using a cell phone while driving is very hazardous to yourself and the people surrounding you. Most people are against this action is because it causes many car accidents every year.
However, using a cell phone while driving has proven to be a bad idea. The high potential for distraction causes people to not pay attention to the road. The consequences have so for been an increase in the rate of accidents and deaths related to cell phone use while driving. Using a cell phone while driving is not only limited to talking; it also includes texting while driving. The problem has become so serious that many states have laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving.
Simple mistakes happen such as taking one or both hands off the steering wheel or taking their eyes off the road just to look at the phone. In matter of seconds an accident could occur just for those simple mistakes that has a physical along with a visual effect. When using a cell phone while driving, there are lives at risk of getting into an accident. Illegalizing phones will prevent fatal accidents or serious injuries. Many drivers are distracted by phones whether receiving a call or text message.
They would rather be focused on other things that they think is more important, but most of the time it is not. Some are so consumed with it, that it can be very harmful for them. One of the worst negative effects that cell phones have on teens is distracted driving. Accidents are more prone to happen when a cell phone is involved, especially with teenagers. These accidents can be caused by looking at your phone for a split second.
Not only does it put the driver of the car in danger, but it also puts the passengers and the surrounding cars at risk. Using a cell phone while driving has been proven to be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. At any given moment during the day, around 800,000 people are driving cars while using a hand-held device, which unfortunately puts everyone else at risk of a car crash. In the recent year, 21% of fatal car crashes involved the use of a cellular device (Prof. David J. Hanson, 1997-2015). Unfortunately, humans, especially teenagers, cannot put down their cell phones while they drive due to the many notifications they receive.
Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation of the US Department of Transportation, said, “Distracted driving is a menace to society. And it seems to be getting worse every year.” (qtd. in Hanes) REFERRING TO AUTHORITY. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than one million United States drivers having discussions on cellular devices at any point in time (“Cell Phone Use Distracts Drivers”). Therefore, this cannot only lead to interruptions while driving but also to taking the driver’s eyes off the road and risky driving.
For example, talking too much over cellphones can damage hearing, which leads to human’s hearing illness in the future. For many people, when they are talking over phones they usually hold the phones between their shoulders and necks. And this may cause neck pain problems and back pain problems. Another example, using cellphones for a long period will increase eye problems. Many people complain about their eye pains, because they do so much writing and texting on their phones.
Truck drivers are more stressed than any other automobile drivers because they have driven a long distance without taking their eyes off the road. Due to this the risk of having an accident increases, and one of the reasons are that they are using cell phones while driving. According to Truckers Are at Greater Risk When Texting While Driving, “Texting has been linked to a few high-profile crashes recently. The operator of a Boston, Massachusetts, trolley was indicted in July  on a charge of gross negligence after he admitted to texting seconds before a collision with another trolley, according to the Suffolk County district attorney and a National Transportation Safety Board official. The May  accident injured 62 people,
Cell Phones is a huge distraction to why most teens in up in an accident. Texting and driving is very bad, it takes away your eyes off the street for a long moment. That moment could can be avoided by keeping your eyes on the street. Cell phones are a bad habit for people to be doing while driving. Not only that it puts other people in danger, for example, what happens when you 're driving and you receive a text but you don 't see a stop
The excessive use of cell phones leads to other harmful effects such as a loss in studies because of excessive texting, calling, and being on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. With these distractions students are not giving their studies their full attention, which then leads to poor grades. While the use of cell phones does have some good qualities the bad out weigh them. Distracted driving is another large problem that is occurring with the abundance of cell phones. Distracted driving is defined as a type of inattention that occurs while driving that removes attention from the road, to another activity instead (1).