The Impacts Of Cell Phone Use While Driving

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Today the world is consumed by technology, particularly cell phones. Take a look around; there will be someone glued to his or her cell phone disconnected from the real world. The Richest website claims, “The average person checks their cell phone 110 times per day” (“Ten Terrifying Statistics”). If a person checks their cell phone 110 times per day, that is approximately nine times per hour. Imagine what people lose from being attached to their cell phones, and what they could gain if it was put away. According to Edgar Snyder and Associates, “Answering a text message takes away [from the driver’s] attention for about five seconds. Traveling about 55 [miles per hour], that’s long enough to travel the length of a football field.” (“Cell Phone …show more content…
According to Edgar Snyder and Associates, “…any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.” (“Cell Phone Use While Driving”) With that many people attempting to use their phone while driving, it is no wonder why there are so many accidents on a daily basis. Shockingly, only five percent of automobile accidents occur while the person is texting, and the majority of cell phone related accidents are from people talking on hands-on or hands-free devices according to Gabrielle Kratsas from USA Today (Kratsas). Just because the person using the cell phone while driving is looking at the road doesn’t mean the brain is still able to be aware of what is going on, on the roadway. Ashley Halsey from the Washington Post explains how hard it is for law enforcement to enforce cell phone laws, “Enforcement of texting requires officers to observe an act that is usually conducted in a driver’s lap, and hands-free devices make it possible to talk on cellphones without being observed.” (Halsey) The only way injury and fatalities from cell phone related car accidents can be decreased is if people do not use their phone. Law enforcement cannot do anything more to enforce laws about texting and using cell phones if they cannot see what is happening behind the

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