The Effects Of Cell Phone Use And Driving

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Every day, millions of Americans hop in their cars and hit the road. Every day those same millions of American drivers choose to drive distracted. These distractions range from eating a snack, drinking a soda, and even applying make-up. It is common knowledge that the consumption of alcohol is one of the biggest “no-no’s” in todays world. Despite that, it is worth noting that as our technology advances, so does the danger we present as drivers when using our cell phones. Due to my experience as a sales consultant in the phone industry, I hope to shed a light in the dark corners of the phone-on-the-go world. By explaining the who’s and why’s of phones being used while driving, discussing current PSA’s, and the effect the phone has on driver …show more content…
In this survey as discussed by Cramer, Mayer, and Ryan, it is important to note that although people may know phone use while driving is dangerous, it still seems almost shocking that they specifically found a claim from the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that using a wireless phone is the single highest contributor to crashes and the like. Furthermore, the authors discuss how they delve into their own survey to discover the effects of cell phone use and driving among college age students. The trio of authors hypothesize that “the rates in this population would be higher than the rates for young people found in the 2004 NOPUS.”, which leads us to believe that not only is mobile phone distracted driving a huge issue, but it is a growing problem (Cramer, Mayer, Ryan, 181). 3,650 vehicles from San Diego State University were observed driving down the student exit ramp, which is part of the school’s parking structure. Of all the vehicles observed, 59.3% were driven by …show more content…
The question though, is how do we currently handle or attempt to reduce those numbers? One obvious way cell phone use is regulated is though the laws that have been passed in recent years. The reality, however, is that laws regarding cell phone use while driving may largely differ state to state as the laws are largely state mandated. Another issue with these laws is that they may in fact lead to more incidents largely because drivers will move their phones even more out of sight to get away with a text. Perhaps then, the best way to curb the epidemic which is cell phone use while driving is through Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) which expose young, up-and-coming, drivers to the reality of the potential results of their mobile phone habits. As said after a study done by Kareklas, Ioannis, and Muehling, “Consistent with our theoretical expectations, results showed that participants who were exposed to PSAs featuring verbal and/or visual mortality priming cues generally held less favorable attitudes and reported reduced intentions to text while driving in the future.”(243), essentially by showing people that they can die or be injured in such a way that a full recovery is not guaranteed, they feel the risk is no longer worth the reward. It seems then that some

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