Time to Take Cellphones Out of Driving
James • FORKED RIVER, NJ
Ocean County College
Cell phone use while driving in their cars has been an issue since mobile phones were first introduced. It has caused some significant problems on the road especially with young driver's texting their friends and families. This can lead to life altering actions that can be reversed. Handheld devices should be banned from cars because they are a distraction while driving. They have gotten people killed in accidents, and it can lead to irreversible guilt for the person texting the driver. In the end, no life is worth sacrificing for just one text. It is time we do something about this issue.
To start off, drivers can be distracted by many elements on the road, but the one thing that can distract them the most is a cellphone continuously ringing and buzzing in the car. University of Utah psychologists did a study on these drivers and found that "people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08 percent, which is the minimum level that defines illegal drunken driving in most U.S. states," (Strayer 2.) It is pretty sad to see how a device as big as an average wallet can cause someone to become easily distracted. In some cases these distracted drivers come out unscathed; in most cases these distracted drivers end up getting seriously injured or worse: death.
Also important, driving while talking or texting on the phone has become a big cause in fatal road accidents. According to a survey done in 2011 "around 3,092 people died in 2010 due to texting or calling," (USA Today contributors 1.) In most cases, these type of fatal accidents deal with teenagers and young adults in their twenties. With such technology easily attainable at your fingertips, road accidents with distracted drivers has skyrocketed compared to results from decades ago. If we do not act on the situation now it can lead to irreversible damage that not only ruins the distracted driver, but also the person who was either talking or texting with the driver as well.
Last but not least, how would you feel if you were the one who sent the ill-fated text that caused a wreck? It is a burden that can ruin a persons' life and forever scar them. Alexander Heit was one of these sad stories. Heit was a "Colorado student who died in a crash after texting and driving," (WCSH Contributors 3.) Just imagine the guilt Alexander Heit's friend must be feeling to this day about texting him when he was driving. No one should ever have to have something that terrible hanging over them like a dark cloud. If we ban phones from the cars, we can prevent something like this from happening again.
Overall, the situation with mobile devices in motor vehicles needs to be one of our nation's top priorities. Between the affects it has on drivers, the amount of people passing away to untimely deaths, and the heartbreaking stories that follow it as a result, this situation has gotten to a point where it has taken to many lives. Whether the law to ban mobile devices in cars ever become effective, people need to know in the end, a life is much more valuable than a simple text.