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A Modest Request for Drivers

Shelbi • Sutter Creek, CA

Simpson University

A Modest Request for Drivers

                There are many social and political problems throughout today's society, yet with today's

technology one question remains, should handheld devices be banned everywhere while driving.   Many

drivers will argue that they are good drivers and always pay attention on the road, but what they fail to

realize is since using their cell phone, especially text messaging, it requires both visual and physical

attention.  Think about it.  Perhaps they do text or talk on their cell phone all the time and have never

gotten in an accident so they find themselves saying, 'Hey I'm a good driver, I do it all the time'.  But

according to a driver distraction study done with Department of Transportation, "sending or receiving a

text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at-55 mph-of

driving the length of an entire football field, blind." Okay, so what about the drivers that do not text, but

still talk on their cell phones.  More fatal accidents for drivers between the ages of 15-19 were

distracted by using their cell phones.  I fall into this age group, so it's personal to me and a huge eye

opener.  Sadly this increases more every year and yet so many argue and fail to see the need to enforce

banning handheld devices while driving.  So what is the solution?  To go into the schools, work places

and even hold free seminars in order to educate people about the fatal danger using handheld devices

while driving.  People die every day, innocent people due to the lack of responsibility that is chosen

daily.  So won't you join me today, take a stand to save lives and say no to using handheld devices while

driving.  Take it a step even further and encourage your family and friends, together we can make a

difference and make the roads a safer place for everyone. 



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