Essay On Cell Phones While Driving

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The use of cell phones while driving has continued to increase as phones become more enticing. With the advancement of technology, the numerous features, and apps that a person can use on a cell phone makes it even harder to disconnect while driving (Borgard). When people use their cell phones it not only puts themselves but others around them in danger too; pedestrians, passengers and other drivers on the road. Using cell phones while driving is a divisive topic that has led to many states passing laws that ban the use of cell phones while driving. Oregon is no exception. Having laws that ban cell phone use is not enough to deter people from using their cell phones while driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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According to Mark Borgard, multitasking in the car is a danger to others because it leads to distraction and slow response rate. People believe they can drive while they eat, shave, argue with kids in the back, look a map, and/or reach for things in the car. Now add a cell phone to the mix and it can impair the driver’s performance as if they were driving legally drunk (Hamilton). This is a great example of how dangerous it is to use your cell phone while driving; drivers think that they are able to multitask while driving, but they don’t realize how much focus they need for the brain to process their surroundings. On the opposite side of the argument, there are drivers who believe that they are superior to others and can multitask without putting people around them in danger and that government should not interfere with their freedom. Yet, auto accidents due to cell phone use continue to increase which is why it should be illegal in every state to use cell phones while driving, not just in some …show more content…
No person should have to lose their life because of a distraction. People are unaware of how many lives are lost due to cell phone use while driving. Here is an example of how this impacted a family 's life, Mrs. Pena was the mother of a 2 ½-year-old little girl, Morgan, who was killed in a car accident due to the driver being distracted by talking on his phone (James). After losing her only child, Mrs. Pena became one of the most aggressive advocates for banning cell phone use while driving. She testified before the Senate Transportation Committee in Pennsylvania to ban cell phone use while driving. She has dedicated her life to educating people that cell phone use while driving is not the same as eating, there is no conversation or cognitive use of the brain to eat. How many more people need to die in order for society to look unfavorably at cell phone use while driving like drunk driving (Hamilton)? According to NHTSA data, more than 3,300 people were killed in 2011 and 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver and the numbers are anticipated to continue to increase. Every state in the U.S should ban the use of cell phones while driving for senseless accidents have taken many lives and injured countless people because of it, and it continues to put others in harm’s

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