Distracted Driving Argument Paper

1557 Words Dec 28th, 2013 7 Pages
Advancing technology in wireless communications is presenting a growing concern for distracted driving due to using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Although distracted driving accidents and fatalities have risen in the last decade, placing a ban on the use of a cell phone or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle as some states have will not resolve the issue. In fact a ban on cell phones and driving may very well increase the accident and fatality rate because drivers are now more involved with concealing their illegal behaviors. More citizen participation and drivers safety management should be more carefully considered in a transpiring situation such as this. More Americans should be
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They believe that including legal ramifications and fines as a consequence will force people to realize that it is a problem, and address the issue. Other cities have tried implementing a restriction on the use of cell phones, but the use of a hands-free device is acceptable. Other commercial solutions have even been implemented as well, including Cellcontrol which inhibits the use of any electronic devices as long as the vehicle is moving.
However, automobile accidents have been the leading cause of death for Americans since the 1950’s, and banning the use of cell phones seems illogical in implementing if they desire a safety solution that will be successful. Studies have shown that there is no difference in using a hands-free device verses using a cell phone (NHTSA, 2009). Not only would the ban not be successful, but to some banning the use of a cell phone or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle could create an issue of “freedom” (Texting While Driving, 2010). The legal restrictions that are being enforced in certain places in the country have reported that accidents have actually increased 19% after the ban went into effect, due to people trying to conceal their behavior furthering their chances of an accident (Swartsell, 2012). People will continue participating in distracted driving habits even with a ban in effect, only to be distracted further and for longer periods of time.

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