Should Drivers of Automobiles Be Prohibited from Using Cellular Phones?

Every second drivers across the United States are their cell phone. Talking, texting, sending emails and using applications risk a higher rate of a dangerous or deadly car crash. An estimated 1.6 million crashes occur each year due to the use of a cellular phone (Lim 197-212). Accidents like these can easily be prevented but many drivers put safety at risk by failing to obey laws against distracted driving. If drivers were prohibited to use cellphones, motor vehicle accidents would be reduced significantly. Several states are administering laws against distracted driving. According to a recent study, in the Journal of Public Health Policy, between year 2000 and 2010 states banning cellphones significantly reduced vehicle accidents. Of these accidents, ages between 18 and 34 were most prominent. Along with this study, findings reflected no significant difference between this age group and the senior citizen. With that being said, in 2012 Consumer Reports nationally surveyed motor vehicle drivers between the ages of 16 and 21. A staggering 50 percent admitted to talking on a cellphone, sending a text message, email, or utilizing applications while driving. Most of these same drivers agreed and believed that these actions were dangerous. Parents are included in these risks which promotes a bad influence for our young drivers. According to Accident Analysis & Prevention, 81 percent of young drivers admit to replying to text messages while 92 percent admitted to, only, reading text messages while driving. A portion of these young drivers claim to only engage in these behaviors while stopped, such as, at a light, or a stop sign. Unfortunately, only 2 percent declare to never text and drive under any circumstances. This is a perfect exhi... ... middle of paper ...>. Dula, Chris S., et al. "Differing Types Of Cellular Phone Conversations And Dangerous Driving." Accident Analysis & Prevention 43.1 (2011): 187-193. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. Ferguson, SA. "Result Filters." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. . Ripley, Tom. "Where Crashes Occur." Driving Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. . Tison, Julie, Linda Cosgrove, and Neil Chaudhary. “National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. .

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