The Consequences Of Cell Phone Use While Driving

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have problems and adjustments need to be made. Some states have set fines for those drivers who are caught using hand-held cell phones while driving. But do these fines really make an impact on the driver? Not when the fine is so low that it is not a big deal for them to just pay the fine and carry on doing what they are doing, making no changes to how they drive. In several states the fine is a measly $101. The old saying, hit them where it hurts, in their pocketbook, comes to mind. If the fines were higher and made more of an impact on people finances it might actually make people think twice before driving and using their hand held cell phone. It could certainly cause the laws banning hand-held devices to be more effective and result in …show more content…
Today there is not one single state that has banned all cell phone use completely while driving. Even though there are states that have banned hand held devices and or texting by novice and all drivers, is it enough? Surely, those who have tragically lost loved ones due to cell phone related automobile accidents, would resoundingly say, yes, ban all cell phone use while driving. After all, multi-tasking is really not more important than people’s lives right? “While people like to think they can multitask, cognitive research suggests that the brain tends to focus on one major activity at a time, while slowing the processing of other external cues. That is why talking on a cell phone may cause "inattention blindness." In any event, the research provides an important reminder to all drivers: hang up and drive.” (Harvard Mental Health Letter) The question of whether or not all cell phone use should be banned while driving is a controversial topic sparking heated discussions all over the country. There are certainly pros and cons for a total ban of cell phone use while driving. Some of the pro-ban reasons seem all too obvious but are certainly worth reiterating. A ban of all cell phone use will certainly and most importantly, reduce the injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving. It will keep driver’s eyes and brains where the focus is needed most, on the road. In the long run, it would save Americans millions of dollars because there would be less insurance claims. Who picks up the tab for uninsured drivers and uninsured health care

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