Essay about Comp Ii Unit 9 Project

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Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving
Amber R. Muniz
Kaplan University

Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving A cell phone wielding driver weaving in and out of traffic and drifting across lanes, because they are completely distracted by the device in their hand, may be all too familiar. When using a cell phone while driving, it impairs the persons driving abilities as much as a person with a 0.08 blood alcohol level. Think of the drivers that you pass daily; how many were using cell phones? Imagine if all of those drivers were drinking instead of using their cell phones behind the wheel. Cell phone use while driving is dangerous because it causes slower response time and reduces the situational awareness of the driver. The best
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Many drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even when they worry about the dangers of other drivers doing it. Studies have shown that engaging in a secondary task like driving while using a cell phone disrupts your driving performance. The human brain does not perform two tasks at the same time. The brain switches between one task and another very rapidly. Not only does the brain process tasks, but it also processes focus and attention. When tasks such as driving and talking on a cell phone important information is not processed by the brain such as failing to see a red light. A study was conducted at the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging in Pittsburgh that used brain imaging and came to a conclusion that when driving and listening to a cell phone, activity in the parietal lobe, which is the portion of the brain associated with driving, was reduced by 37 percent (Just, Keller, and Cynkar, 2008). Studies have shown that simply listening to a cell phone while driving can cause drivers to commit errors as if they were under the influence of alcohol.

Many people believe that if using a cell phone while driving is considered a dangerous distraction; then other distractions should be considered dangerous such as eating, talking to another passenger, and trying to put on makeup while driving. Others think that if cell phones should be banned because it causes distractions while driving that everything else that can cause

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