Basically there’s more deaths now out there in the world of teens than in adults therefore, all electronic devices should be kept out of anyone’s sight to help you from being distracted. Worldwide 1.2 million of people die each year in car accidents and most part are from texting while driving. Eight out of all the fifty states in the United States have no law against texting while driving and some are in the process of making a law. “This map spells out pretty clearly whether texting while driving is illegal and/or if you have to put your phone on hands-free mode when you drive (Pinola). This matters because with electronics out of sight it will decrease the chances of you to have an accident or cause the death of many innocent people out there.
It's illegal to text while driving in most U.S. states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers (Russ).. On August 1st 2008 the law took effect, there was more crashes than before the law took effect in Minnesota. The risk of a crash or near miss among young drivers increased more than sevenfold if they were dialing or reaching for a cellphone and fourfold if they were sending or receiving a text message. The risk also rose if they were reaching for something other than a phone, looking at a roadside object or eating. Among older drivers, only dialing a cell phone increased the chances of a crash or near miss, however, that study began before texting became so common, so researchers don't know whether it is as dangerous for them as it is for teens.
Studies also state that you can take the driver away from the cell phone but you cannot take the behavior away from the driver “www.news.sciencemag.org/2012/08/why-cellphone-bans-dont-work”. These also involve 108 people, equally divided into three age groups, which is in the age range of 20s, 40s, and 60s. As a result, if more people obey by the cell phone ban law while they are driving, their behavior as a driver will improve and they won’t be considered as a distract... ... middle of paper ... ...d thing to be considered as a distracted driver. It’s not safe to text and drive, to use a phone and drive, talk to others in the car with you and try to focus and drive, grooming, watching a video and try to drive, adjusting your car setting and try focusing driving, eating and/ or drinking, and neither is reading a book or map. You should either have someone do it for you or wait until you have reached you designated area to do the thing you would like to do.
Roadside assistance for example would be calling a tow truck o take you to the nearest auto mechanic or a transmission shop or simply needing assistance in changing a tire. In addition to their benefits to using a cell phone on the road, Matt Sundeen reports that drivers with cell phones place an estimated 98,000 emergency calls each day and that the cell phone ... ... middle of paper ... ... pass a law that bans this practice. Regardless of whether the phone is hand-held or hands-free, there is a lot of strong information and evidence that the actual task of conversing on a cell phone distracts drivers on concentrating on safety. For examples, drifting into another lane, and running red lights are reasons why the government needs to pass a law. People caught texting or using a cell phone while driving should lose their licenses for one year.
The use of cell phones while a vehicle in motion should be banned throughout the United States. Texting, searching the internet, talking on the phone is a very big distraction, and could cause someone to get hurt or even worse; killed and the current teenage generation thinks talking on a cellphone while driving is second nature. It’s a known fact that the use of cell phones while driving can be deadly. It only takes one split second for a person to look away from the road to cause an accident. So-called distracted driving crashes claimed 5,474 lives and led to 448,000 injuries across the country last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA].
Using a cell phone while driving clearly causes a distraction to the driver attempting to juggle the two tasks. University of Utah psychologists have published a study showing that motorists who talk on handheld or hands free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers (“Drivers on cell phones”), “we found that people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit” (“Drivers on cell phones”). The study conducted used forty participants driving a patrolsim driving simulator four times; one each while undistracted, using a hand held cell phone, using a hands-free cell phone, and while intoxicated to the 0.08 percent blood alcohol level after drinking vodka and orange juice. Participants then followed a simulated pace car that braked intermittently. Both the hand held and the hands-free cell phones impaired driving, with no significant difference in the degree of impairment (“Drivers on cell phones”).
In New Jersey there is a handheld ban for all drivers and that is a primary law. There is a ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers. There is also a ban on texting for all drivers. This problem Is growing, drivers who are texting are 23.2 times more likely to get into a crash than people who aren’t (Cell Phones and Texting). Every driver takes their eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds when texting.
Wilson & Simpson, (2010), states a total of 51857 fatalities caused by driver distraction occurred from 1999 to 2008 according to FARS data. The authors believe talking on the cell phone vs. texting, texting is more hazardous and that the effect of talking of a cell phone distracts a driver attention on the road. Study agrees Drews et al. (2009) text messaging clearly has the highest dual-task/single-task ratio, Wilson & Simpson stresses a lot about banning texting and talking on cell phone because of it trend in fatalities. However, Wilson & Simpson share that hand-free mobile devices such as Bluetooth should be considered.