Using Hand Cell Phones While Driving Essay

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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 studies that show that the bans do indeed make a difference. “Deaths from distracted driving rose 28% from 2005 to 2008, at the same time text messaging rates skyrocketed from 1 million texts per month in 2001 up to a staggering 110 million per month in 2008.” (Guard Child) Is this a coincidence? Undoubtedly not. Texting while driving is something that the average person would say unequivocally, is one of the most deadly causes of car accidents today, yet, so many people still do it, even when common sense says not to. The subject of sending text messages in and of itself has become a hotbed of conversation when it comes to cell phone use and driving. Research has determined that “Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the…

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