The Dangers Of Cell Phone Use And Driving

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Cell Phone Use and Driving: A Deadly Combination In the world today, society suffers from cell phone addiction. People everywhere use some sort of mobile device constantly. This addiction on its own, while still negative, becomes especially dangerous when combined with driving. While driving, cell phones create many distractions. Some of these distractions include: dialing on the phone, answering the phone, simply talking on the phone, and texting. These distractions constantly increase with all of the new technology available today. The smart phones in every adult and teenagers ' pockets prove deadly when used on the road. According to a government website, "In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver" (Distracted …show more content…
Despite the danger, "13% of teens admit to texting while driving" (Texting and Driving Be Forwarded: Danger Ahead). Many teens love cruising through town with their friends, especially when they have recently received their license, but friends can also be a huge distraction. Not only are loud voices and conversations distracting the driver from the road, but also teens often serve as a proponent in encouraging their friends to text and drive. Some teens realize that texting is dangerous, but they do not understand that it can actually lead to death. Bailey Goodman, a 17 year old, was driving herself and 4 friends to her parents ' vacation home when she swerved into oncoming traffic, hit a trailer, and her car burst into flames. All five girls died. Crash investigators found that Bailey was sending text messages while driving up until the point of the deadly crash (See My …show more content…
Some of these benefits include using drive time to conduct business, and to stay in touch with friends and family. Many people feel like talking on the phone is a good use of time. People who spend a lot of time in their cars feel like they are more productive when the time they spend driving is used to conduct business or to catch up with family and friends. Other people maintain that cell phones are just one of many distractions that face drivers. Cell phone advocates claim that adjusting music, smoking, or eating can be just as dangerous as calling or texting someone while driving. It is true that there are some benefits to phones and driving, and that drivers will always face distractions; however, the deaths associated with cell phones call for serious

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