Handheld Devices Should be Banned While Driving
Whitney • INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Cathedral High School
If asked what she would want to do next, an 18 year old would say go to college, not prison. But prison is what 18 year old Karli Brown faces after texting while driving and causing a head-on collision, killing two young boys. According to a survey done by AT&T, about 49% of commuters admit to texting while driving. Although 97% teens say it is dangerous to text and drive, 43% do it anyway. In my opinion, I think handheld devices should be banned.
I believe handheld devices should be banned because drivers pay less attention when they have their devices. Texting is a temptation and drivers do not realize they merge into other lanes. This happened to Karli Brown who was not only speeding, but passed in a no passing zone. Mostly drivers are distracted from a text or a call. Some drivers can not multitask and text or talk and drive at the same time. Being distracted from the road can cause an accident. Brown caused a head-on collision, killing two young boys and sending the driver to the hospital. Drivers are 23x more likely to get in an accident while texting and 2.8x more with dialing. Brown was convicted of vehicular homicide and is facing 10 years in prison. To prevent accidents and deaths, drivers should either turn off their handheld devices or have a bluetooth in their car.
In conclusion, I think handheld devices should be banned while driving places. Distraction on handheld devices cause accidents or deaths. A good way to avoid these incidents is either turn off the device or get a bluetooth. Having a handheld device while driving is not that important. Drivers should not risk their life on either texting or dialing. People's lives are more important than any devices at all.