Cell Phone Use While Driving Essay
Chase, Catherine, J.D. “U.S. State and Federal Laws Targeting Distracted Driving.”
Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine 58 (2014): 84–98. Print.
Across the country, most states have laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. Research shows that cell phone use while driving significantly increases the chance of getting into an accident. Car accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers because a majority of them are distracted drivers. Legislators believe that laws and education will reduce the number of deaths a year. Most Americans support the laws that make distracted driving illegal (Chase).
Forty-seven states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, ban texting while driving (Chase).
Studies have shown that drivers who use their cell phones while driving are about three times more likely to get in an accident (Chase).
No states have a total ban on technology use while driving (Chase).
A New York Times and CBS News poll shows that about fifty percent of people believe that “Texting while driving should be punished as severely as drunk driving” (Chase). Texting while driving and drunk driving are similar because they both divert a person’s attention while driving; reading text messages is similar to being intoxicated (Chase).
Traffic safety campaigns have shown that, “Passing and enforcing state laws are key components to improve safety and change driver behavior” (Chase). Education alone cannot change driver behavior; it takes laws and…