Using Electronic Devices While Driving Essay

1003 Words Jan 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Driving Smart
At any given moment of daylight, it is estimated that 660,000 Americans are using electronic devices while driving (Halsey). It has been determined that using a cell phone while driving has the same effect as the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent which creates a scary outcome (“Cell Phones and Driving”). Having over 660,000 practically drunk or distracted drivers on the road makes it unsafe for anyone. If something isn’t done soon, the number of fatalities will continue to rise. Education should be used to reduce the number of deaths caused by distracted driving because drivers are still unaware of all of its dangers, current laws are not effective enough, and simulators have been proven to be very effective in educating drivers.
One reason that education is the best way to combat distracted driving is that people are unaware of all of its dangers. Many drivers understand that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous, but are unaware that cell phones are only one of many things that can distract a driver. Defined in “Traffic Safety Facts”, distracted driving is a type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity (“Traffic Safety Facts”). This means that just because a driver chooses to put down their cell phone, they can unknowingly still be putting themselves, loved ones, and other drivers at risk. Drivers need to be educated, so they begin to make the decision of staying away…

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