Driving With Cell Phone Ban

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It’s was a dark night. The traffic was heavy; it was raining, and visibility was limited. There was an accident on the Interstate and three young people were killed. During the investigation it is revealed that one of the drivers was using a cell phone and failed to see the brake lightss of the car in front of them that had swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Though our instinct is to do what we can to prevent such tragedies in the future; we cannot control the weather. We can restrict driving at night, but that wouldn’t be reasonable. Nor would it be possible to restrict wildlife movement. Many think that legislation can prevent future tragedies. Their first reaction when an accident occurs is to find and place blame. The second reaction is to prohibit that behavior, or to learn from the mistakes of others. Learning oneself to use caution when driving and talking on a cell phone is not enough for some. Some feel that we should legislate what others do. Prohibiting this driver’s use of a cell phone may have prevented this one accident, but there are usually many other contributing factors and we should not generalize or oversimplify what happened. The cell phone did not cause the accident. Many factors may have caused this accident. The crime cause, in this case was not stopping in time to avoid an accident not the cell phone. Cell phone use is growing in popularity world-wide. Cell phone subscriptions have risen to 3.3 billion in 6 years globally. (“ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database”). Many benefits of having and owning a cellular phone would be lost if they were banned from being useduse while driving. If cell phone useusage were limited to being in a stopped vehicle or while a passenger, then some people might d... ... middle of paper ... ...ions and being over-protective. The solution might be to limit cell phone usage while driving to only those over the age of 18. Again, I think this generalizeds and is based on emotion. There is technology out thereavailable that can sense when a driverthe vehicle operator is driving erratically or is leaving the roadway. Systems that measure the distance between vehicles and the speed in which the distance is decreasing are all being manufactured and tested and are methods that would be a way to combat not just one distraction but all. The prohibition of cell phone use while driving will not correct the problem of distracted driving. Where there are humans behind the wheel, there will be human error. The seat-belt and the air-bag were all innovations that have saved countless lives. Accidents are caused by one of three things, nature, mechanical, or human error.
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